Lady Windermere's Fan

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand, London

Public Previews: 12 January 2018
Opens: 22 January 2017
Closes: 7 April 2018

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Show times
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 2.30pm
Thursday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no show
Note: Sat 13 Jan at 7.30pm only
Note: Mon 22 Jan at 7.00pm only

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Lady Windermere's Fan

A major revival of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan in London directed by Kathy Burke

The play centres around a fan belonging to Lady Windermere, who is revealed to be the daughter of the 'infamous' Mrs Erlynne: a woman who left her husband for a lover who subsequently abandoned her. Mrs Erlynne's attempt to break into the circle is doomed to failure. However, when Lady Windermere's fan is found in the house of the dandy Lord Darlington, Mrs Erlynne is able to save her daughter from social disgrace.

Casting to be announced!

This revival is presented as the second play in Dominic Dromgoole's Classic Spring Theatre Company's Oscar Wilde Season: A Woman of No Importance from October to December 2017; Lady Windermere's Fan from January to April 2018; Wilde Creatures children's show, December 2017; An Ideal Husband spring/summer 2018; and The Importance Of Being Earnest spring/summer 2018.

Lady Windermere's Fan in London at the Vaudeville Theatre public previews from 12 January 2018, opens on 22 January 2017 and closes on 7 April 2018


London West End Revival with Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson 2002

Previewed 13 February 2002, Opened 21 February 2002, Closed 8 June 2002 at the Haymarket Theatre

A major revival of Oscar Wilde's comedy Lady Windermere's Fan in London starring Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson and directed by Sir Peter Hall

The play centres around a fan belonging to Lady Windermere, who is revealed to be the daughter of the 'infamous' Mrs Erlynne: a woman who left her husband for a lover who subsequently abandoned her. Mrs Erlynne's attempt to break into the circle is doomed to failure. However, when Lady Windermere's fan is found in the house of the dandy Lord Darlington, Mrs Erlynne is able to save her daughter from social disgrace.

The cast stars real-life mother-and-daughter Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson as 'Mrs Erlynne' and her daughter 'Lady Windermere' along with Jack Davenport, John McCallum, Googie Withers and David Yelland. Directed by Sir Peter Hall with designs by John Gunter.

"As West End double acts go, this was unique. Mother and daughter were playing mother and daughter together on stage in the perfect setting. The Theatre Royal is London's most glorious theatre, and Lady Windermere's Fan the first of Oscar Wilde's glittering successes of the 1890s... But Peter Hall's production seems both clumsy and underrehearsed, with some very uneven playing of the small roles and a sense that hardly anyone is really occupying the right style for the play. Still, this is a night for mother and daughter. Having played in Chekhov with her mother Rachel Kempson, her brother Corin and her sister Lynn, Vanessa finds new resonance in going Wilde about her younger daughter." The Daily Mail

"Director Peter Hall appeared to have scored a great casting coup in persuading Vanessa Redgrave and her daughter Joely Richardson to star on stage together for the first time, playing a mother and her daughter. But they turn out to be the weakest aspect of an often richly enjoyable revival. As so often, Redgrave veers wildly between the superbly true and the abysmally fake, sometimes in the course of a single speech. But she is far better than the dismayingly stilted Richardson, who spends the production looking wonderful and acting dreadfully... It is the valient supporting cast who save the show... On the occasion, it is the show's stars who so disappointingly fail to shine." The Daily Telegraph

"Nothing about Peter Hall's production of Lady Windermere's Fan is quite good enough, and, as a result, the play seems not good enough either... I've seldom heard a first night where so many actors seemed so often to be unsure of their lines. Other basic acting problems proliferate throughout. Some actors pause stiffly between lines and then overdo the "spontaneity" of what they then say, others recite their lines like rote-work... John Gunter's set looks like a magnified doily. I repeat: Not good enough." The Financial Times

Lady Windermere's Fan in London at the Haymarket Theatre previewed from 13 February 2002, opened on 21 February 2002 and closed on 8 June 2002