Dominic Dromgoole has spent his life immersed in theatre (including ten years as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe). His latest venture is to stage seasons of work by famous playwrights that have largely fallen out of the repertoire. Beginning with Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville, his aim is to stage such classics in the proscenium-arch theatres of the West End for which they were originally written. Kathy Burke will direct Lady Windermere’s Fan – a 130-year-old play that is still pushing boundaries and tackling taboos today. Drumgoole is passionate about the need to understand where the writer was coming from and saw Kathy Burke as the perfect choice to embody Wilde’s spirit of individualism in a time that just wasn’t ready for him.
The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party? First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper-class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wilde’s most popular and witty plays.