Oscar Wilde fans will be thrilled to find out the Pantheon in Nicosia will screen a performance of A Woman of No Importance from the Vaudeville Theatre in London.
Olivier award-winner Eve Best and BAFTA-nominated actress Anne Reid star in this new, classically-staged production of Wilde’s comedy, directed by former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, Dominic Dromgoole. The play is the first from the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s Oscar Wilde Season.
A Woman of No Importance satirises English upper-class society at the end of the 19th century. It takes place for the most part in the homes of the rich and powerful where lords, ladies and archdeacons socialise and gossip about their contemporaries.
It tells the story of Mrs Arbuthnot, who comes face-to-face with her past when the father of her grown son (Gerald), Lord Illingworth offers her son an employment opportunity. Mrs Arbuthnot has told her son and everyone else that she is a widower.
When she realises that the man who seduced her, got her pregnant and left her is the man behind the job offer, she blatantly shows her dislike of the man and his offer. Continuing on as if nothing has happened, Lord Illingworth kisses the girl Gerald is in love with and Mrs Arbuthnot tells him the truth.
The next day Lord Illingworth goes to Mrs Arbuthnot’s house, without Gerald knowing, and offers to marry her but she refuses. After being turned down he tells her that their relationship meant nothing to him and she slaps him with his own glove. When Gerald enters the room later and asks who just visited, his mother replies “a man of no importance”.
A Woman of No Importance
Screening of the play as performed at the Vaudeville Theatre. January 24. Pantheon Theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. €10. Tel: 22-675787