An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siecle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long buried secret. Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama create a vivid new theatrical voice.

‘One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation’

A Woman of No Importance is directed by Dominic Dromgoole and stars Olivier award winner Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hedda Gabler), Eleanor Bron (Help!, Alfie), William Gaunt (King Lear, The Crucible) and Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax).

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Booking Number

0330 333 4814

Booking Until
Saturday 30 December

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Show Times
Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm

Running Time
2hrs 30mins including one interval

Vaudeville Theatre

Age Recommendation

Classic Spring is a new theatre company, formed by Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) to celebrate the bold and ground breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote.

Its first offering is an Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville, revolving around his four great Victorian plays, which shocked and redefined the British theatre, and still resonate and refresh today: A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.

“Wonderfully moving… Sublimely funny”

The Independent
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“A compelling start to Dominic Dromgoole’s Wilde season… the bar has been set high”

The Times
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“Best brings fierce emotional intensity in Dromgoole’s fine revival”

The Guardian

    “Best is magnificent, but so too are Rowan, Bron and Fielding, while Reid is just fabulous”

    The Arts Desk
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    “Anne Reid and Eleanor Bron are superb"

    The Stage
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    “A top-notch cast make Oscar Wilde’s witty lines sing"

    The Radio Times

      “A confident opener to Classic Spring’s season”

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        Eve Best
        Eve BestMrs Arbuthnot
        Anne Reid
        Anne ReidLady Hunstanton
        Eleanor Bron
        Eleanor BronLady Caroline Pontefract
        Crystal Clarke
        Crystal ClarkeHester Worsley
        Emma Fielding
        Emma FieldingMrs Allonby
        Dominic Rowan
        Dominic RowanLord Illingworth
        William Gaunt
        William GauntVenerable Archdeacon Daubeny
        Sam Cox
        Sam CoxSir John Pontefract
        Phoebe Fildes
        Phoebe FildesLady Stutfield
        Harry Lister Smith
        Harry Lister SmithGerald Arbuthnot
        William Mannering
        William ManneringLord Alfred
        Paul Rider
        Paul RiderMr Kelvil
        Sioned Jones
        Sioned JonesEnsemble
        Meg Coombs
        Meg CoombsAlice
        Will Kelly
        Will KellyFarquar


        Oscar WildeAuthor
        Dominic DromgooleDirector
        Jonathan FensomDesigner
        Ben OrmerodLighting


        Friday 6 October – Saturday 30 December

        Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm
        Thursday and Saturday, 2.30pm

        Running time: 2hrs 30mins including one interval

        Age recommendation: 8+

        Please be aware that the following performances will be filmed:
        Saturday 25 November 2.30pm
        Tuesday 28 November 7.30pm


        Tickets from £19.50


        All tickets include a £1.25 Theatre Restoration Levy


        The Vaudeville Theatre is located on Strand, near to Covent Garden and Charing Cross in London’s West End. Below you can find information on how to get to the theatre and a map showing the location of the venue.

        If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park’s website.

        Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH.

        10am – 8pm, Monday – Saturday.

        NCP at Upper St Martins Lane Masterpark at Trafalgar Square

        Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo lines) Embankment (District, Circle lines)

        Bus Routes
        1, 4 , 6, 9, 11, 13 , 15, 68, 76, 171, 176, 188