Anne Reid is to play Lady Hunstanton in A Woman of No Importance at Vaudeville Theatre, it has been announced.
Classic Spring’s production, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, is the first in a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the West End venue.
Anne is best-known for her BAFTA Award-nominated role as Celia Dawson in the BBC’s Last Tango in Halifax.
The award-winning show also starred Derek Jacobi and Sarah Lancashire, with the final episode attracting over 8 million viewers.
Anne received a BAFTA nomination for her performance in The Mother (Best Actress, 2004) and an Olivier Award nomination for her role in Epitaph for George Dillon (Best Supporting Actress, 2006).
Her extensive TV credits include Doc Martin, Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, Shameless, Bleak House, Jane Eyre, Dr Who, New Tricks, Upstairs Downstairs and Dinnerladies.
Theatre credits include Fracked! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Dimetos (Donmar Warehouse), Happy Now? (National Theatre) and Into the Woods (Royal Opera House).
Dominic Dromgoole said: “It will be a delight to welcome Anne back to the London stage, since she has become an even more loved star with Last Tango in Halifax.
“She has long been one of my favourite actresses, and her performance in Peter Gill’s beautiful The York Realist was one of my greatest experiences in the theatre.
“It will also be nice to celebrate her recent successes as a cabaret performer by cutting her loose with a song or two from the Victorian songbook”.
Anne will be joined by Olivier Award-winner Eve Best, playing Mrs Arbuthnot, Eleanor Bron as Lady Pointefract and William Gaunt as Venerable Archdeacon Daubeny.
Classic Spring is a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole. As part of its year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, the company will stage A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.
A Woman of No Importance runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from October 6 – December 30.