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Theatre company staging Oscar Wilde at The Oaksmere

PUBLISHED: 11:21 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:21 17 August 2018

A Woman of No Importance is being staged at The Oaksmere. Picture: Lucy Lawson Photography

A Woman of No Importance is being staged at The Oaksmere. Picture: Lucy Lawson Photography

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Touring theatre company DOT Productions are returning to give an outdoor performance Oscar Wilde’s classic A Woman of No Importance.

A Woman of No Importance is being staged at The Oaksmere. Picture: Lucy Lawson PhotographyA Woman of No Importance is being staged at The Oaksmere. Picture: Lucy Lawson Photography

Comedy, melodrama and social scandal bubble away in the comedy satire, which will be performed in the garden at The Oaksmere at Brome.

The Essex-based professional touring theatre company return to the grounds of the popular hotel and pub on August 26 at 4pm having last year staged their production based on Jane Austen’s Emma.

They are also no strangers to Oscar Wilde have previously toured productions of Lady Windermere’s Fan and his best regarded and most popular play The Importance of Being Earnest.

A Woman of No Importance is being staged at The Oaksmere. Picture: Lucy Lawson PhotographyA Woman of No Importance is being staged at The Oaksmere. Picture: Lucy Lawson Photography

A Woman of No Importance follows a group of guests at Lady Hunstanton’s house party which is in full swing when Gerald Arbuthnot is announced as secretary to the witty Lord Illingworth.

However once Gerald’s mother makes an appearance, suddenly his future is uncertain. Should Mrs Arbuthnot tell her son the truth she has hidden all these years? Would Gerald and Society ever forgive her? After all, who would believe Lord Illingworth to be a man of no importance?

The piece was originally produced at the Haymarket Theatre in 1893, and followed the success of Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan.

The DOT production will feature a cast of six and highlight both the play’s comic melodrama and social satire exploring class, family and double standards towards women.

The performance is outdoor and audience members are advised to take along a low chair or rug to sit on.

• A Woman of No Importance, The Oaksmere, Brome, August 26, 4pm, £15 (£12 cons), 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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