Lady Windermere’s Fan to be broadcast live

More2Screen has announced the live cinema broadcast of Kathy Burke’s critically acclaimed new production of Lady Windermere’s Fan on Tuesday 20th March at 7.15pm. Oscar Wilde’s social comedy is the second in the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s year-long Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville Theatre and will be broadcast live by satellite to 420 cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

Award-winning director Kathy Burke has brought together a talented comedic cast in this beautifully staged production designed by Paul Wills. Jennifer Saunders guest stars as the Duchess of Berwick, marking her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years. As a comedian, screenwriter and actor she is best known for writing and starring in the BAFTA-winning sketch show, French and Saunders, and the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, which won international acclaim, a BAFTA and an Emmy.

Double Olivier Award-winner Samantha Spiro stars as the mysterious ‘other woman’ Mrs Erlynne. She first came to fame playing a young Barbara Windsor in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick at the National Theatre, a role she recently reprised for the BBC drama Babs. She won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performances in Merrily We Roll Along and Hello, Dolly! Her other credits include Carnage, Psychobitches and Grandma’s House.

Following his starring role in the BBC’s remake of the classic comedy Porridge, Kevin Bishop returns to the stage as Lord Darlington. As well as starring in Tracey Ullmann’s Show, Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night and Peep Show, Bishop is also known for co-writing and starring in Channel 4’s The Kevin Bishop Show, which ran for two series. His recent stage credits include the one-man show, Fully Committed, and Once In A Lifetime at the Young Vic.  

Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Classic Spring, comments: “Oscar Wilde was a lover of the modern in all its forms, and I’m sure the idea that his plays could now be broadcast live to so many people, in so many places, would have delighted him. We are very pleased that these glorious plays are going to reach an even wider audience and have life beyond their runs in the West End.”

More2Screen will also broadcast the final two productions of Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season from the Vaudeville Theatre to cinemas nationwide: An Ideal Husband on Tuesday 5 June and The Importance of Being Earnest on Tuesday 9 October. Cinema tickets for the live broadcasts are now on sale at OscarWildeCinema.com

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