The incendiary power of A Doll’s House remains indisputable, but less well known is another late-19th-century drama featuring a young woman torn between risky independence and unhappy domesticity. Oscar Wilde’s effervescent Lady Windermere’s Fan differs vastly in tone, but Ruby In The Dust’s production, transposing the action to the 1930s, emphasises the similarly subversive thinking of this strikingly modern play.
It’s anchored by a star turn from Ellie Nunn (daughter of Sir Trevor and Imogen Stubbs), forgoing the title character’s usual bleating priggishness. Hers is a feisty, full-blooded heroine, charmingly awkward flirting with confidante Lord Darlington, affecting when confronting her husband’s possible infidelity. The only bum note is Lady Windermere sporting an inexplicably vampy scarlet robe while asserting her Puritanism.