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A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville Theatre

Dominic Dromgoole’s new company Classic Spring kicks off its year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde with lesser-known 1893 work A Woman of No Importance. A starry cast, led by the incandescent Eve Best, makes a strong case for the play, though Dromgoole’s reclaiming of Wilde … Continue reading

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The Philanderer, Orange Tree Theatre

Gender deconstruction, fraught feminism and the perils of hook-up culture: George Bernard Shaw’s comedy of manners, penned in 1893, shows we haven’t come as far as we might think. It’s a point rammed home by Paul Miller’s choice of modern … Continue reading

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The Last of the De Mullins, Jermyn Street Theatre

Even the most begrudging acquaintanceship with thematic foghorn Downton Abbey will have affirmed that the Edwardian era heralded momentous social change. Provocatively embedding this revolution in his work was now largely forgotten “New Drama” exponent St John Hankin, whose suicide … Continue reading

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10 questions on Chekhov for playwright Simon Stephens

Fresh from global domination with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, currently garnering rapturous reviews on Broadway, inexhaustible playwright and adaptor Simon Stephens has swapped Mark Haddon for Anton Chekhov and a new version of The Cherry Orchard, … Continue reading

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Mum’s the word

When A Doll’s House premiered in 1879, actress Hedwig Niemann-Raabe refused to perform Ibsen’s ending as written, declaring: “I would never leave my children!” While Helen Baxendale can and does inhabit a similarly divisive role without complaint, that particular action … Continue reading

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Evening with Nunn’s Lady is pleasurable and provocative

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 … Continue reading

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Till death us do part

First, a word of warning: if you’re looking for a great first-date outing or anniversary treat, steer clear of Scenes from a Marriage. Judging by the gasps of recognition, embarrassed laughter and knowing glances stealthily exchanged, Joanna Murray-Smith’s theatrical adaptation … Continue reading

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