Guy Chamber's THE SELFISH GIANT To Be Co-Produced By Royal & Derngate
As Kathy Burke's Lady Windermere's Fan, starring Jennifer Saunders and Samantha Spiro, plays to packed houses, Classic Spring is delighted to announce that Guy Chambers' new folk opera, The Selfish Giant, will be co-produced by Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and directed by multi-award-winning director Bill Buckhurst. The limited run of lightly-staged performances will run at Royal & Derngate 4 April - 7 April, before moving to the Vaudeville from 10 - 14 April. Jonathan Church will direct An Ideal Husband, the third production in the year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre. An Ideal Husband will play at the Vaudeville Theatre 20 April to 14 July 2018, before opening the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season on 18 July to 4 August 2018.Guy Chambers is a long-time collaborator with Robbie Williams, having co-written many of his most popular hits, including Angels, Millennium and Let Me Entertain You. Guy has also collaborated with Kylie Minogue, Rufus Wainwright, Mark Ronson and Diana Ross, amongst others. He has won three BRIT Awards, three Ivor Novello awards and an MTV Video Music Award. Bill Buckhurst won multiple awards for his production of Sweeney Todd, which is currently playing in New York, following a smash-hit run in London (Harrington's Pie & Mash Shop and West End). This year he is directing Sweet Charity at the Nottingham Playhouse. Previous credits include, Sleeping Beauty (Watermill), The Last Days of Dolwyn (National Theatre / Moving Stories), Omeros and King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe). Bill has recently directed his first feature film, Pond Life with Open Palm Films.Jonathan Church is Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season. He was previously Artistic Director for the Salisbury Playhouse (1995-99), Birmingham Rep (2001-05) and Chichester Festival Theatre (2006-16). His directing credits include acclaimed productions such as Singin' in the Rain (Chichester, West End), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester, West End) and Taken at Midnight (Chichester, West End). He received a CBE for Services to Theatre in 2015. Opening on Friday 20 April, An Ideal Husband is Wilde's sharp and witty exploration of corruption, blackmail and honour. Political sin enters the heart of the English home as ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern's ascent to the top seems assured, until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery... Classic Spring is staging an unprecedented year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, including runs of all four of his major plays, plus a series of 'interludes' and 'Wilde talks' intended to give a complete picture of his life and work. Over 20,000 tickets under £20 are being made available across the season, encouraging younger audiences and making the season as accessible as possible. A production of A Woman of No Importance, starring Eve Best and Anne Reid, ran successfully through the end of last year. Lady Windermere's Fan, starring Samantha Spiro and Jennifer Saunders and directed by Kathy Burke, plays at the Vaudeville until 7 April. An Ideal Husband will be followed by The Importance of Being Earnest. Previous interludes and Wilde talks have included a lecture from the inimitable Stephen Fry, and a critically-acclaimed performance of De Profundis by Simon Callow (adapted by Frank McGuinness), which is set to return later this year.