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A Woman of No Importance

Date

21st November 2018

Society

Marlowe Players

Venue

Darley Abbey Village Hall

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Niamh Mourton

Report

Author: Keith Scott-Savage

One of Oscar Wilde`s most famous and well like plays, about the manners and morals of late Victorian high society, and what a very high standard the Marlowes attained in this interpretation. Superbly directed by Niamh Mourton, it was well staged and so well acted. This was a most impressive production.

Guy Evans, as the stereotype upperclass Dandy, gave a flawless performance maintaining his pompous character throughout.  A joy to watch. Excellent support came from Marjorie Haworth as Lady Hunstanton, with Andrea White perfect as Lady Pontefract.  Sue Orme, playing Mrs Arbuthnot,  the `Woman of No Importance`, delivered a first class, at times most moving portrayal, ably demonstrating her great skill as an actress.  Playing her son Gerald, Rob Hodkinson was very convincing.  Sophie Paulden was just right in her portrayal of the visiting American,  Miss Hester Worsley. Iin fact I could not fault any of the excellent cast who all made the most of Wilde`s witty dialogue.

Praise to the stage crew who, attired as domestic servants carried out the scenery changes. 

The ladies' costumes were excellent and the men very smart in the fashions of the day. The action took place on a well-designed and furnished set.

Yet again great entertainment.