Dominic Dromgoole’s Classic Spring confirms Stephen Fry will feature in a series of Wilde Talks.
The pre-show talks before evening performances of A Woman of No Importance at the Vaudeville Theatre this autumn will also feature Oscar Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland, Frank McGuinness and Franny Moyle.
Fry will reflect on ‘Playing Oscar’, having portrayed Wilde on the big screen in ‘Wilde’ (1997).
Merlin Holland will give the first address, offering his unique insight, entitled ‘The Remarkable Reputation of Oscar Wilde’; Franny Moyle (author of ‘Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde’) will explore Wilde’s women; and Frank McGuinness, who has adapted ‘De Profundis’ for the season will consider Wilde alongside Ibsen and Strindberg in ‘Wilde the European’.
Dominic Dromgoole will direct the first play A Woman of No Importance, starring Olivier Award-winning actor Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot, alongside Anne Reid, Eleanor Bron and William Gaunt.
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Multi-award-winning actor, director, comedian and playwright Kathy Burke will then direct Lady Windermere’s Fan.
The season will continue with the titles An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, with casting and creatives to be announced in due course.
A Woman of No Importance runs from 6 October 2017 until 30 December 2017; Lady Windermere’s Fan runs from 12 January 2018 until 7 April 2018 at the Vaudeville Theatre.