Oscar Wilde’s celebrated classic Lady Windermere’s Fan has been transported to the 1930s in a new production coming to the King’s Head Theatre, Islington this August.
Lady Windermere’s Fan was the playwright’s first big hit and when it premiered in London in 1892 it catapulted him to success
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.
This new version of the play is presented by Ruby In The Dust, whose previous successes at the King’s Head Theatre include The Great Gatsby, Bonnie and Clyde and an acclaimed adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Starchild.
Ellie Nunn is to head the cast. Nunn, who is fast gaining a reputation as a great acting talent, recently delivered an acclaimed performance Joanna Murray-Smith’s Bombshells at Jermyn Street Theatre.
Now she takes on the role of Wilde’s wronged heroine.
The play was first published in the 1890s. Like many of Wilde’s comedies it mocks society’s morals and continues to be relevant in whatever decade it is presented.
Directed by Linnie Reedman it is set against the backdrop of the popular songs of the 1930s, with a mixture of live music performed by the cast and a sound design by Joe Evans.
Lady Windermere’s Fan runs from August 5 to 23.