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By Oscar Wilde

DATES: 14th December 2010 - 16th January 2011
(No Performances on:24th, 25th, 26th, 31st Dec., 1st & 2nd Jan 2011)

'The Greenwich Playhouse is an enjoyably ambitious venue and is a solid producer of classics'
- Evening Standard

At the close of its twentieth year of presenting internationally acclaimed theatre, Galleon Theatre Company is delighted to announce that it will next stage Oscar Wilde's hilarious satire - A Woman of No Importance.

Galleon's production of A Woman of No Importance transposes Wilde's comedy drama to a Christmas party at the end of the 1950s. The seamless and careful repositioning of the play from 1893 to the end of the 1950s liberates Wilde's heartrending play from melodramatic Victorian trappings and brings it to an age closer to our own. Whereas, Bruce Jamieson's sensitive realignment of Wilde's text heightens contemporary audience empathy with the characters and their predicaments and delivers a thought provoking and highly enjoyable festive theatrical treat.

In A Woman of No Importance Wilde exposes, through piercing wit, the hypocrisy of a society which scorns and punishes a woman for her sexual misdemeanours but applauds and grants honours to the man in question. The play centres on the then publically damning revelation of Mrs. Arbuthnot's long-concealed secret - she conceived a child out of wedlock.

"The Greenwich Playhouse really is producing the very best theatre in London."- Remotegoat *****

By setting the production in late 1950s, Galleon positions Wilde's plot and characters within a specific British socio-political context and in the last decade when it was still unacceptable for children to be born outside of marriage. By 1959, fourteen years after men returned from War to reclaim traditional roles in the work place and within the family, women had reverted to domesticity and Victorian morality and gender expectations had once again been re-affirmed as the desired norm. Suddenly, a woman with a past like Mrs. Arbuthnot would have found herself socially stigmatised.

The 1950s was a decade largely characterised by America's muscular assertion of its political, cultural, economic, and militarily Super Power status; by the advent of the consumer age; and by the emergence of a distinctive and rebellious youth culture expressed in particular through fashion and music. In this context, Hester, the young idealistic, American woman of Wilde's play, symbolises the impending infiltration of American values and the dawn of the 1960s which was to revolutionise society forever.

"This studio-sized venue has been put on the cultural map with productions of epic quality." - South London Press

A Woman of No Importance follows Galleon's sell out, 2009 production of The Importance of Being Earnest which garnered great critical acclaim and broke fifteen years of box office records at its home - the Greenwich Playhouse.

"Rarely have I left a theatre happier than I left the Greenwich Playhouse. The Importance of Being Earnest is great fun from start to dancing finish." - Dockland's News

Official Review by Christopher Adams, read now
Alison Goldie in Whatsonstage.com
Groups involved
Galleon Theatre Company
People involved
Natalie Barker
Miss Stutfield
Katie Bellman
Set Designer
Hugh Darbyshire
Gerald Arbuthnot

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