BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming platform for theatre fans, will be adding some new titles to its catalog. Of special note is a parade of Oscar Wilde plays that will be released in intervals over the month of March. These plays were part of Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season and originally were seen on stage in London’s West End in 2017.
Oscar Wilde Selection
A Woman of No Importance (March 7): Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best stars in Dominic Dromgoole’s West End production of this drama that was filmed for BroadwayHD. One of Wilde’s seminal plays, A Woman of No Importance follows an earnest young American woman, a disreputable English Lord and a naïve young man as they attend a bizarre house party, packed full of fools and grotesques. Close by, a woman lives along, harboring a deadly secret. A witty drama about survival and reputation, the play promises to be wildly entertaining.
Lady Windermere’s Fan (March 7): a new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by award-winning writer, actor, and director Kathy Burke for fans of the playwright to enjoy. In this West End production, Burke brings together a talented comedic cast including the Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro as Mrs. Erlynne. First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper-class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era. The cast also includes Kevin Bishop as Lord Darlington, and Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick, marking her return to the West End stage for the first time in over twenty years.
An Ideal Husband (March 21): Real-life father and son Edward and Freddie Fox play fictional father and son in this West End production of the popular Oscar Wilde Play filmed for BroadwayHD. The comedy was originally written in 1895 and takes place over the course of 24 hours in London high society where an ambitious government minister is blackmailed. Frances Barber also stars as Mrs. Cheveley.
The Importance of Being Earnest (March 21): This West End revival of Oscar Wilde’s popular play, directed by Michael Fentiman stars Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson as Lady Bracknell. A fresh new take on this Wilde-ly popular comedy, Jeremy Swift, Fiona Button, and Pippa Nixon complete the cast.
Outside of the Oscar Wilde offerings, BroadwayHD will be making some other exciting additions to their catalog. On the horizon viewers will be able to enjoy the following:
Riverdance Playlist (March 13): Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, BroadwayHD will be rolling out a special playlist featuring some of the most thrilling Riverdance performances from across the world including Riverdance in China, Riverdance Live from New York City, Riverdance Live from Beijing, Riverdance The Ten Years, and Riverdance Today’s Stars.
Hetty Feather (March 28): From the best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought thrillingly to life on stage by award-winning script writer Emma Reeves (CBBC’s The Story of Tracy Beaker) and by Olivier Award-nominated director Sally Cookson, whose many five star productions include Peter Pan, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and Stick Man. With an original musical score by Benji Bower, circus skills and a huge heart, Hetty Feather is a terrific adventure story! Starring BAFTA-nominated actress Phoebe Thomas in the title role, this production of Hetty Feather was filmed from the 2015 Olivier nominated production on the West End in London.
“BroadwayHD introduces award-winning theater from all across the globe with both classic and modern productions. Fans can expect to see the full works of Shakespeare, awe-inspiring performances from Cirque du Soleil and a selection of the world’s greatest musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Billy Elliot, Cats, and Les Miserables. All performances are adapted specifically for streaming audiences to maximize the entertainment experience.”
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