Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance was broadcast live to 400 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Tuesday 28th November 2017, marking the start of a superb series of live cinema events from the Vaudeville Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. Staged by the Classic Spring Theatre Company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Oscar Wilde Season presents a year-long celebration of the late genius Wilde with four of his much-loved social comedies presented live in cinemas by More2Screen.
The first play in the series, A Woman of No Importance, stars Olivier Award-winning actor Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot and BAFTA-nominated Anne Reid as Lady Hunstanton, alongside Eleanor Bron as Lady Caroline Pontefract and William Gaunt as Reverend Daubeny.
Audiences were delighted to be able to see West End theatre beamed live to their local cinemas and took to Twitter to share their thoughts – here’s a selection of tweets:
@more2screen @ClassicSpringCo my grandma has insisted I tweet you to let you know that she found #AWONI ‘absolutely marvellous’ and loved every minute of it, Anne Reid was her fave. She can’t wait now for Lady Windermere’s Fan
#AWONI @more2screen @ClassicSpringCo quality screening of a quite, quite splendid production – witty and sharp, with strong performances all round. Anne Reid is brilliant, and what a wonderful singing voice!
#AWON @More2Screen @ClassicSpringCo A Woman of No Importance – Wilde’s play streamed from the Vaudeville Theatre, cuts through 115 years of radical social change to pierce anew the glittering veneer of convention & manners to teach us all the importance of not being important.
Regal @ Wadebridge @WTW_Wadebridge A great audience response to tonight’s ‘A Woman Of No Importance’ – Oscar Wilde LIVE! Really excited for the rest of the series – tickets on sale now!