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LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN: THE LATEST IN SHARMILL FILMS’ OSCAR WILDE SEASON

Samantha Spiro and Grace Moloney in Lady Windermere’s Fan

LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN is the second of the season of Oscar Wilde plays that Dominic Dromgoole and his new company Classic Spring are bringing to London’s West End , here directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke and starring Jennifer Saunders (among others), filmed at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.

Wilde’s 1892 play tells the story of young Lady Windermere, who flees her own birthday party because she mistakenly believes her husband is having an affair with Mrs Erlynne, a woman with a scandalous past .The truth is far more complicated than the rumours and Lord Windermere, however misguidedly, is trying to protect his wife from it. The play explores, with real sympathy, the way that shame can be used to derail a woman’s life.one slip, one single mistake can ruin a life. Continue reading LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN: THE LATEST IN SHARMILL FILMS’ OSCAR WILDE SEASON

NT Live: TREASURE ISLAND

Treasure Island- inset

Ahoy me hearties! All aboard for a thrilling, somewhat dark piratical adventure.

When a treasure map is discovered, what else is there to do but go in search of it? Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of mutiny , murder, and money is vividly brought to life in this thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast as part of the NT Live series.

It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s grandson, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and his dangerous voyage begins. Along the way, Jim learns loyalty, trust and friendship.

Lizzie Clachan’s revolving, collapsing, pulsating set, dominated by a semicircle of giant ‘tusks’, making one think both of a wrecked hull and the rib bones of a creature’s carcass, is glorious. When the vast ‘Hispaniola’ majestically rises up on the revolving stage – rigging looming large as a bouyant shanty rises – the effect is magnificent. And the same applies for the breathtaking galaxy of stars visible at times.           Continue reading NT Live: TREASURE ISLAND