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Lady Windermere

Oscar Wilde’s ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’, first produced in 1892, is better known for its title than its storyline which, like most of Wilde’s plays, is full of witty nonsense. It lends itself well to a short play based on the famous characters of Lord and Lady Windermere.

The underlying universal themes of passion, betrayal and struggles to keep up appearances in an apparently shallow society underpin the cynical gossip indulged in by Wilde’s characters.

Lord and Lady Windermere's secrets are revealed years after the original near-disaster of Lady Windermere's fan. Our presentation, updated to 1960, sees Lord and Lady Windermere about to set out for a special dinner party. Secrets which have lain long-hidden gradually reveal themselves, testing the strength and depth of their apparently happy marriage.

It does not matter whether audience members know the original play or not, although those who do will recognise passages of pure Wilde and enjoy afresh the foibles of Lord Darlington, Lord Augustus, Cecil Graham, Mr Dumby and the redoubtable Duchess of Berwick. For those who come fresh to Oscar Wilde, this is a chance to explore the delights of his wit and appreciate his understanding of human weakness and strength.

What audience members have said:

  • I got fully engaged.”
  • Thoroughly enjoyable.”
  • We were enthralled right to the end.”
  • Wilde and wonderful.”
  • The characters were well defined.”
  • "Magical and unforgettable."
  • Excellent interplay of different emotions.”
  • Held our attention from beginning to end.”
  • "You've just acquired a (Windermere) fan."

Past Presentations and Future Bookings

Bedwyn History Society Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire
Fareham Library Fareham, Hampshire
Gosport Discovery Centre Gosport, Hampshire
Ladies Luncheon Club Eastleigh, Hampshire
Ladies Luncheon Club Hungerford, Berkshire
Probus Zero 4 Botley Botley, Hampshire
Romsey Festival Romsey, Hampshire
Sunrise of Virginia Water Virginia Water, Surrey
Swanmore Methodist Church Group Swanmore, Hampshire
The Lights Theatre Andover, Hampshire
U3A Bromley Bromley, Kent
U3A West Wilts Trowbridge, Wiltshire
WI Cuckfield Cuckfield, West Sussex
WI East and West Hendred Wantage, Oxfordshire
WI Grove Grove, Oxfordshire
WI Lindfield Group Haywards Heath, West Sussex
WI Woodlands (New Forest) Woodlands, Hampshire
Winchester Hospital Friends - fundraising St Cross, Winchester, Hampshire