A Woman of No Importance

Vaudeville Theatre

A Woman of No Importance

06 Oct 2017 - 30 Dec 2017

£20.00 - £75.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

3.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
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One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation

An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siecle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long buried secret. Wilde's marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama create a vivid new theatrical voice.

Classic Spring is a new theatre company formed by Dominic Dromgoole to celebrate the bold and ground breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote. Its first offering is an Oscar Wilde Season.


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“A slow-moving but compassionate and emotionally engaging Oscar Wilde revival.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Bounces along, Dromgoole allowing absurdity (borderline clowning at times) to keep the mood moving. The casting is wonderful.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Spirited and splendidly cast... If the balance still seems a bit awkward, the production makes a signal success of both aspects.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Best in particular makes the hand-wringing not just believable but deeply poignant... Reid is just fabulous.”

Veronica Lee (Daily Mail, ES, Arts Desk)

“Melodrama with a wealth of quips... in Dromgoole’s elegant, full-blooded, production they are delivered with aplomb.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“A refreshingly ringing endorsement of mould-breaking female behaviour. But, heavens, it takes a long time to get there.. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Best: lends Wilde’s play the humanity and pathos it needs... What’s still impressive about the play is its fierce morality.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Perks up no end the more the play dwindles into absurdity... Best endows Mrs Arbuthnot with a fierce emotional intensity.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Moves from gaslight flickers of illumination to dependable theatrical electricity,,, Exhilarating viewing.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Adorable 19th-century songs... Dromgoole defuses some of Wilde’s melodrama and makes the meat of his drama look more advanced.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“An immense amount of thought, care and skill has gone into every aspect... the result is a thing of beauty but not of profundity”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Words fly around happily and it's all quite amusing... then Best's Mrs Arbuthnot arrives and her passion explodes the play.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

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