A warm welcome awaits you at The Swallow Theatre.
Lady Windermere’s Fan was Oscar Wilde’s first society play, first staged in 1892, and was an immediate hit bringing him fame and fortune. It demonstrates the brilliant wit that Wilde is known for, including some of his most famous lines including “I can resist everything except temptation” and “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Lady Windermere is a young mother who starts to believe her husband is having an affair with a mysterious older woman, so she decides to elope with a lover. A tangled web ensues and is deftly resolved.
The play is also a serious social commentary on Victorian upper-class hypocrisy, particularly in the moral standards expected of women, and paved the way towards Wilde’s later masterpieces: An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.
A very interested commentary is at The British Library’s website: https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/an-introduction-to-lady-windermeres-fan.
Join us for a read-through of this most enjoyable classic.
These sociable play reading afternoons are great for anyone who wants to join in reading a script, reading different character parts and learn a little about the background to the play.
No experience necessary
Tea and coffee provided
(Suggested donation towards costs £3)