Lady Windermere's Fan was Oscar Wilde's first produced play, and it was an instant success on the London stage. Chronicling a series of mis-understandings and deceptions in the high society world of Victorian England, critics and audiences alike were charmed by Wilde's trademark wit and intelligence.
In the play, Lady Windermere considers leaving her husband of two years when she believes he's been unfaithful with a woman who turns out to be her own mother. Remarkably it will be her mother that sets her straight without ever revelaing her own identity.
In his letters, Wilde claimed he did not want the play to be viewed as "a mere question of pantomime and clowning"; he was interested in the piece as a physchological study. Although the play has been deemed outdated by recent critics, Lady Windermere's Fan continues to entertain audiences around the world.
Directed by Michael Shipley