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Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan begins previews at the Shaw Festival

“I can resist anything except temptation”

Media Release #14

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, May 9, 2013 . . . An ambitious new production of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan begins previews today on The Shaw’s Festival stage. Director Peter Hinton returns to The Shaw for his first Wilde play, following his critically acclaimed Shaw Festival directorial debut in 2011 with Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling.

Hinton worked closely with designers Teresa Przybylski (sets), William Schmuck (costume), Louise Guinand (lighting) and Richard Feren (sound) to create an original approach to Wilde’s play that promotes contemporary ideas and themes, yet connects clearly to the art of the 1890s.

Wilde’s early play has the wit of his later comedies, but also probes the complexities and darker desires of the human heart. Lady Windermere (Marla McLean), a young woman recently married into the aristocracy, is preparing for her birthday party. Although deeply in love with her husband Lord Windermere (Martin Happer), she is troubled by his relationship with the mysterious Mrs. Erlynne (Tara Rosling) and vulnerable to the advances of the charismatic Lord Darlington (Gray Powell). Society’s high veneer of elegance and propriety threatens to crack as secrets from the past are revealed – only to be quickly suppressed.

Lady Windermere’s Fan was last seen at The Shaw in 1998.

About Lady Windermere’s Fan
May 9 – October 19; Opening: June 8
Lady Windermere’s Fan
will be on stage at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Cast (in alphabetical order):

Guy Bannerman
Donna Belleville
Kate Besworth
Kyle Blair
Aadin Church
Sharry Flett
Martin Happer
Aaron Hastelow
Corrine Koslo
Will Lamond
Nichola Lawrence
Marla McLean
Patrick McManus
Jim Mezon
Melanie Phillipson
Gray Powell
Tara Rosling
Harveen Sandhu
Kiera Sangster
Travis Seetoo
Evan Alexander Smith
Lady Jedburgh
Lady Agatha Carlisle
Mr. Cecil Graham
Lord Plymdale
Lady Plymdale
Lord Windermere
Mr. Arthur Bowden/Footman
Duchess of Berwick
Duke of Berwick
Lady Stutfield
Lady Windermere
Mr. Dumby
Lord Augustus Lorton
Mrs. Cowper-Cowper
Lord Darlington
Mrs. Erlynne
Miss. Graham
Mrs. Arthur Bowden/Rosalie
Sir James Royston/Footman
Mr. Hopper

Creative Team:

Peter Hinton
Teresa Przybylski
William Schmuck
Louise Guinand
Richard Feren
Meredith Macdonald
Beatrice Campbell
Annie McWhinnie
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

The Shaw Festival’s 2013 season began April 3, runs until November 3 and features 10 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on our 2013 season, performance schedule and ticket information, please visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW.


The Shaw Festival is a theatre company inspired by the work of Bernard Shaw. We produce plays from and about his era and contemporary plays that share Shaw’s provocative exploration of society and celebration of humanity.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases.  For more information, or to acquire images to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
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Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
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