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Jennifer Saunders at the Once St Patrick’s Day gala (Photo: Dan Wooller)

Jennifer Saunders at the Once St Patrick's Day gala (Photo: Dan Wooller)

Jennifer Saunders makes West End return in Lady Windermere’s Fan

First Published 7 September 2017, Last Updated 7 September 2017

Initial casting has been announced for director Kathy Burke’s West End revival of Wildean comedy Lady Windermere’s Fan, with Jennifer Saunders, Samantha Spiro and Kevin Bishop set to star.

The multi award-winning actress and comedian Saunders, best known as one half of sketch show French And Saunders, will return to the West End for the first time in over two decades as part of the Classic Spring production, guest starring as the Duchess of Berwick.

Double Olivier Award-winning actress Spiro (Merrily We Roll Along, Donmar) will star as Mrs Erlynne, opposite screen star Bishop (Porridge, BBC) as Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere’s Fan, which forms part of a year-long season of celebration.

Samantha Spiro in Di And Viv And Rose (Photo: Johan Persson)

Samantha Spiro in Di And Viv And Rose (Photo: Johan Persson)

Kevin Bishop in Once In A Lifetime (Photo: Johan Persson)

Kevin Bishop in Once In A Lifetime (Photo: Johan Persson)

The casting sees director Kathy Burke bring together a talented comedic cast from her previous work on Absolutely Fabulous and Psychobitches. Further casting for Lady Windermere’s Fan will be announced in due course.

Lady Windermere’s Fan previews from 12 January 2018 at the Vaudeville Theatre. 

The first play of Classic Spring’s year-long season of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville, Dominic Dromgoole’s A Woman of No Importance, begins previews on Friday 6 October.


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