Lady Windermere’s Fan - King's Head Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
RUBY IN the Dust is presenting Lady Windermere’s Fan at the King’s Head Theatre – from August 5 to August 23, 2014.
In this brand new production, Oscar Wilde’s celebrated classic has been transported to the 1930s.
Young, rich, beautiful and happily married, Lady Windermere has it all – until her husband invites a mysterious widow to her 21st birthday ball. Who is she? Why is she there? What is their secret?
Suddenly everything that Lady Windermere holds dear is in jeopardy. Nothing is as it seems in this satirical thriller, full of intrigue, jealousy, and Oscar Wilde’s famous, inimitable one-liners.
Back by special invitation, Ruby In The Dust’s previous successes at the King’s Head Theatre include The Great Gatsby, Bonnie and Clyde and an acclaimed adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Starchild.
Heading the cast of Lady Windermere’s Fan is Ellie Nunn, who is fast gaining a reputation as a great acting talent. She recently delivered an acclaimed performance in Joanna Murray-Smith’s Bombshells at Jermyn Street Theatre. Now she takes on the role of Wilde’s wronged heroine in his masterpiece of wit and scandal.
Lady Windermere’s Fan play was first published in the 1890s. Like many of Wilde’s comedies it bitingly mocks society’s morals and continues to be relevant in whatever decade it is presented. It differs from his other ‘comedies’ in that it exemplifies Wilde’s most successful dramatic technique: the mixing of the comic and the serious, which makes it an inherently more interesting piece than his later, more popular plays.
Directed by Linnie Reedman, Lady Windermere’s Fan is set against the backdrop of the popular songs of the1930s, with a mixture of live music performed by the cast and a sound design by Joe Evans.
Formed in 2006 by Young Vic genesis director Linnie Reedman and acclaimed composer/musical director Joe Evans, Ruby In The Dust has over a dozen productions under its belt, including shows both on the fringe and in the West End and other site specific venues. Past credits include the critically praised The Great Gatsby Musical and Hutch (Riverside Studios), Miracle starring Susannah York and Tim Woodward, (St Andrew Church Crypt and Leicester Square Theatre) and Bonnie and Clyde (The King’s Head Theatre) and most recently Dorian Gray (Riverside Studios).
Tickets: £15 – £25. Previews (August 5, 6 and 7) £10. To book, call the box office on 0207 478 0160 or visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com/.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm; Sunday matinees at 3pm (extra matinee on Saturday, August 23 at 3pm).