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Lady Windermere’s Fan at The Vaudeville Theatre

Lady Windermere's Fan at The Vaudeville Theatre

Full cast announced for Kathy Burke’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 13 December 2017

Classic Spring have announced full casting for Kathy Burke’s upcoming production of Wilde comedy Lady Windermere’s Fan, with Grace Molony and Joseph Marcell set to star alongside the previously-revealed Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop and Jennifer Saunders.

Joseph (best known as Geoffrey the butler in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air) will play Lord Lorton, while the announcement marks a further boon for the career of rising star Grace, who will play Lady Windermere.

Having only graduated from LAMDA earlier this year, Grace has already won Best Actress in The Stage Debut Awards 2017 for her performance in The Country Girls at Chichester Festival Theatre, and next year will be appearing in feature film Mary Queen Of Scots opposite Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

Also announced are Joshua James (King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe) as Lord Windermere and Ami Metcalf (Call The Midwife, BBC) as Agatha and Rosalie. The full cast also includes Victoria Blunt, Natasha Magigi, Charlie Mulliner, Siân Polhill-Thomas, Matthew Darcy, Roger Evans,  David O’Reilly, Benedict Salter and Gary Shelford.

They join double Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro (Merrily We Roll Along, Donmar) as Mrs Erlynne, screen star Kevin Bishop (Porridge, BBC) as Lord Darlington, and Jennifer Saunders guest starring as the Duchess of Berwick. Lady Windermere’s Fan first time Jennifer has appeared in the West End in over two decades.

Joseph Marcell in The Tempest at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (Photo: Marc Brenner)

‘You gave me this fan today; it was your birthday present. If that woman crosses my threshold, I shall strike her across the face with it.’ The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party?

Lady Windermere’s Fan is part of Classic Spring’s year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre. After Dominic Dromgoole’s A Woman Of No Importance closes on 30 December, before Simon Callow performs a new stage adaptation of Wilde’s De Profundis for a limited engagement of just six performances from 3 to 6 January.

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