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Oscar Wilde Season: A Woman of No Importance (U)

Olivier award-winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler) and BAFTA-nominated actress Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) star in this new classically staged production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy directed by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The first play from the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s Oscar Wilde Season, A Woman of No Importance will be filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End especially for the cinema screen.

An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long-buried secret. First performed in 1893, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama satirised the socially conservative world of the Victorian upper-class, creating a vivid new theatrical voice which still resonates today.

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  • Wonderfully moving… Sublimely funny
    The Independent

  • What a treat
    Daily Mail

  • Effortless wit, wisdom and waspishness
    The Times

  • Anne Reid and Eleanor Bron are superb
    The Stage

Cast & Creative



Mrs Arbuthnot                                 Eve Best

Lady Hunstanton                             Anne Reid

Lady Caroline Pontefract              Eleanor Bron

Hester Worsley                                Crystal Clarke

Mrs Allonby                                      Emma Fielding

Lord Illingworth                               Dominic Rowan

Gerald Arbuthnot                            Harry Lister Smith

Reverend Daubeny                         William Gaunt




Author                                                Oscar Wilde

Director                                             Dominic Dromgoole

Set & Costume Designer               Jonathan Fensome