The multi award-winning actor, director, comedian and playwright Kathy Burke directs hilarious marital comedy Lady Windermere’s Fan in Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde season, starring Jennifer Saunders, Kevin Bishop and Samantha Spiro.
Bringing together a talented comedic cast from Burke’s previous work on Absolutely Fabulous and Psychobitches, Lady Windermere’s Fan also sees Jennifer Saunders guest starring as the Duchess of Berwick in her return to the West End stage.
‘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?
A four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan was first produced in February 1892, and features the well-known line “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”, spoken by Lord Darlington.
Kathy Burke has previously starred in Gary Oldman’s film Nil By Mouth, for which she won Best Actress at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. She has also starred in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Dancing in Lughnasa, Absolutely Fabulous, and French and Saunders. She has directed at many of London’s leading venues, including the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court and the Hampstead Theatre.
Samantha Spiro, playing Mrs Erlynne, won an Olivier Award for her performance in Merrily We Roll Along at the Donmar Warehouse. Kevin Bishop will play Lord Darlington, having recently starred in one-man show Fully Committed at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Once In A Lifetime at the Young Vic.
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 second offering at the Vaudeville Theatre is Lady Windermere’s Fan, which promises to juxtapose the comic and serious to classic Wildean effect.
Age Recommendation: 8+