Lady Windermere’s Fan

Cross casting gave us Marla McLean as the young innocent this time, instead of the jaded sophisticate of Enchanted April and Tara Rosling as the bad woman instead of the good one. The contrast added a note of fun to the play that Wilde could not have counted on when he wrote it.

 The play seems dated in its subject matter and social criticism, as so much of Wilde does. Once again, you find yourself enjoying the performances of a hugely talented cast, directed by Peter Hinton. He allowed the actors to speak, although I found the production a bit too stilted. Wilde writes witty plays of ideas, but this one is a very slight idea indeed. 

Overall though, it was worth seeing.The sets and costumes were fabulous and the cast was marvellous. Corrine Koslo has a wonderful part as the Duchess of Berwick and Jim Mezon chews up the scenery as Lord Augustus Lorton. 


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Lady Windermere’s Fan

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Not as good as some Wilde – the epigrams are there and are great, but with filler in between and melodrama at the end.
    The acting was excellent and the Przybylski set and Schmuck costumes are beautiful, but I thought the rather stately and staccato production (if something can be both) rather highlighted the weaknesses of the writing.

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