Dominic Dromgoole will stage a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre.
The former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe has formed a new theatre company to stage plays of great proscenium playwrights in the venues they were written for.
Dromgoole’s first season – The Oscar Wilde Season – aims to offer a much fuller picture of Wilde and reveal the much-loved playwright as the brilliant renegade he was in his own time.
The core of the season will be 4 Wilde plays (A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest), interspersed with a curated series of ‘interludes’ and ‘Wilde Talks’.
The ‘Wilde Talks’ will reveal the deep current of radicalism and subversiveness that runs through all of Wilde’s writing.
First up will be Eve Best in A Woman of No Importance (6 Oct – 30 Dec), directed by Dromgoole, followed by Lady Windermere’s Fan (12 Jan – 7 Apr), directed by Gimme Gimme actor Kathy Burke.
Frank McGuinness will adapt De Profundis for the stage and there will be a lightly staged new folk-opera by Award-winning songwriter Guy Chambers titled The Selfish Giant in April 2018.
Tall Stories will produce Wilde Creatures, a new family show based on Wilde’s fairy tales.
Dates and casting for An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest