Wilde classic revived in Manchester

A MAJOR revival of Oscar Wilde’s classic Lady Windermere’s Fan continues the Spring Summer season in style at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from tomorrow.

Wilde’s first play, which bristles with some of his most deliciously funny one-liners, made him an overnight success when first produced in London in 1892.

A dazzling dissection of the manners, morality and double standards of Victorian high society, the action of the play centres on the young, rich, beautiful and newly married Lady Windermere.

On the eve of her 21st birthday, she receives a new fan from her husband. It seems like one of the best days of her life – but that is about to change. The mysterious Mrs Erlynne wants to be introduced to society and Lord Windermere invites her to his wife’s birthday party.

With all the elements of a racy thriller, the story explodes into a glorious tangle of jealousy, deception and intrigue as Lady Windermere heads towards impending disgrace. Who is Mrs. Erlynne? What secret is she hiding? And why can’t Lady Windermere ever know the truth?

The play runs until June 23. Tickets cost £9 to £33, and are available online from royalexchange.co.uk/bookonline or by ringing 0161 833 9833.

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