Posted on 06/10/2017
Dominic Dromgoole’s production of A Woman of No Importance opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on the 6th October.
The programme will include a note from Professor Anne Varty (RHUL) exploring how the invention of the Proscenium Arch was pivotal to the new style of social satire. An extract from the programme can be downloaded here.
Set in the nineteenth century, Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance follows a group of guests at party at Lady Hunstanton's estate in the lavish English countryside. The party's guests, which include the widow Mrs Arbuthnot, her son Gerald and American outsider Hester, uncover truths about themselves and each other that will alter their lives forever.
Wilde's story explores class, family and double standards towards women as the guests grapple with unexpected visitors, their selfish actions and intentions. The play tackles the themes of money, which, as aristocrats, they consider an unlimited resource, and the innocence of the play's younger characters.
The piece was originally produced at the Haymarket Theatre in 1893, and followed the success of Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan.