Recent Artistic Director of the Globe, Dominic Dromgoole, has confirmed plans for his new theatre company Classic Spring. Dromgoole’s new venture intends to celebrate the ground-breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture they wrote for. Just as the Globe placed Shakespeare in his original setting to release his boundless energy and fertility, so Classic Spring intends to rediscover the original brilliant wit and bold social critique of our proscenium playwrights within the theatres they loved.
Dromgoole said: “It has always been my pleasure and privilege to support the voices of writers, whether new writers at the Bush, the Old Vic or the Globe, or Shakespeare, the mainspring of our theatre culture. This is a wonderful chance to present the work of more writers, who still speak to us piercingly and profoundly today.”
The first offering from Classic Spring is an Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville from October of this year, revolving around his four great Victorian plays, which shocked and redefined British theatre, and still resonate and refresh today, A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Tall Stories, the Olivier-nominated producers of The Gruffalo, will work alongside the season to present a sparkling new musical adventure for everyone aged 5-105 for a limited run of performances at The Vaudeville Theatre from 15th December 2017, prior to a 2018 tour. Let the Wilde Creatures take you on a fantastical journey through palaces, forests and beyond in this exciting new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales.