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Oscar Wilde Season is underway in London. Playing at the Vaudeville Theatre, Lady Windermere’s Fan is taking its turn, this time directed by the delightful Kathy Burke. Given that this script is well over 100 years old, can it have new life breathed into it? Of course, one draw is the superb Jennifer Saunders, back in the West End after 25 years. It’s got a stellar cast, an inviting venue and of course Ms Burke directing it – what is not to love? I set out below five reasons this needs to be seen before it disappears from the stage.

One of the most widely popular musicals of all time is finally returning to the West End stage after a 5-year hiatus! We're bringing you everything there is to know about this London revival and more! 

The Vaudeville Theatre’s Oscar Wilde season, a quartet of his best-known plays, opened with Kathy Burke’s production of his 1892 comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan. It is, in turn, broad, farcical, uproarious and cloyingly sentimental – a Victorian melodrama infused with Wilde’s famous dry wit, that plays today as a quaint and enjoyable museum piece. The writer’s musings on embryonic gender politics and the hypocrisy of high society can be found grafted to the oldest of plots, namely a scandalising family secret.

This week I was invited along for a sneak peek of James Graham's play Quiz. The play had a successful run at Chichester and is about to open at the Noel Coward Theatre. Here is all you need to know about the show. 

It has just been confirmed that the critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Caroline, or Change will be transferring from London's Hampstead Theatre in the London Borough of Camden to the West End's Playhouse Theatre near Trafalgar Square.

The remaining cast members have just been announced for Christopher Hampton's reimagining of Molière's Tartuffe following the announcement of French actor Sebastian Roché as Orgon, English actor Paul Anderson as Tartuffe, and French actress Audrey Fleurot as Elmire.

Internationally renowned French actor and screenwriter Sebastian Charles Edward Roché, known for starring as Reichsminister Martin Heusmann in The Man in the High Castle, Mikael in The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off series The Originals, and Balthazar in Supernatural, is set to make his debut to London's West End in Christopher Hampton's fresh take on Molière's Tartuffe.

This absolute riot of a play is set to prolong its already astounding longevity on the West End stage, and with a new ensemble to boot!

An hour-long monologue might sound a tad tedious. Surely one person rambling on for an hour can’t captivate an audience? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong because Naomi Sheldon had the entire room in the palm of her hand.

Fresh from their outstanding win at the WhatsOnStage Awards, Jez Butterworth and Sam Mendes’ phenomenal play, The Ferryman, is nicely situated at The Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, a long way away from Derry where this tale takes place.

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