|Lady Windermere's Fan at The Tabard Theatre|
Penny Flood loved the 1930s version of Oscar Wilde's play
It’s the story of secrets, lies and snobbery with a hint of sex among the English upper classes. All the Wildean one-liners are there and it’s very funny. Wilde liked to mock English society and their pomposity and self righteous-morality, and none of his barbs are lost here.
The innocent, but tougher than she looks, Lady Windermere (Kelly Burke) has discovered that her well-meaning but slightly hopeless husband (William St. Clair), has been seeing another woman, the beautiful, mysterious Mrs Erlynne (Ruth Redman) who is being wooed by the also hopeless Lord Augustus (James Lloyd Pegg). Meanwhile, Lord Darlington (Simon Victor) has fallen in love with Lady Windermere and the whole thing moved along by the deliciously gossipy Duchess (Jo Ashe who later turns up as the maid) and Lord Windermere’s friend Cecil Graham (Giles Davies) who often breaks into Ivor Novello and Cole Porter numbers while accompanying himself and others on the piano.
Jo Ashe (The Duchess)
I loved everything about this, the terrific cast, the music, the beautiful set design and the lovely costumes. We’re very lucky to have something as good as this right on our doorsteps.
September 27, 2014