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Editorial Reviews

An outstanding group of actors performs this full-cast production of Oscar Wilde's droll look at society’s double standard. They deliver Wilde’s bon mots with the polished style of the period. "I can resist everything but temptation," is delivered by the roué Lord Darlington with great good humor. Maintaining the elevated energy necessary for good theater, the actors keep the interactions between the characters sparkling. Others of Wilde’s most famous one-liners are handled with aplomb, and lovely music separates the scenes, making this an especially good fit for audio.
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Publisher's Summary

Oscar Wilde's first play confronts the hypocrisy of public "morality" compared with genuine, private kindness. When it opened in 1892, Lady Windermere's Fan was an instant success and now, more than a century later, it continues to be revived frequently. The reasons for its popularity are not difficult to identify: the play's witty dialogue contains many of Wilde's most quoted aphorisms, its stylish setting provides opportunities for elegant presentation, and its cast of memorable characters play out a story which is genuinely moving. This new audio production brings together a full cast worthy of Wilde's creative genius.
The full list of narrators includes: Samuel West, Michael Sheen, Derek Waring, Peter Yapp, Nicholas Boulton, Benjamin Soames, Rod Beacham, Emma Fielding, Sarah Badel, Elaine Claxton, Delia Paton, and Juliet Stevenson.
(P)1997 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Julian on 09-14-05

Captivating Pleasure

I listened to this play on the strength of always enjoying Juliet Stephenson's performances and having acted in The Importance of Being Ernest at school. I could not have chosen a more sublime way to spend 1 hour and 38 minutes than Lady Windemere's Fan. It was so satisfing to listen to Lady Windemere's despair as she who took so much pleasure in her sensible morality found herself enmeshed in the very situation she had condemned - and yet her character was rendered so sympathetically I was practically clutching the edge of the table by the end! Lord Darlington was divine - how I wish that he would stroll through my door right now. Lord Windemere was absolutely compelling - whilst Lord Darlington would sweep me away, it would be Lord Windemere I would want by my side always. And Mrs Erlin - so fascinating - her chitchat with those she so wanted to be associated with often made my toes curl and yet she too underwent such a metamorphosis - for a few minutes at least! - that I felt totally drawn to her. And I loved "Yes Mama" Agatha - go girl! Each of the readers was sublime - Juliet Stephenson did not disappoint - both she and the reader who played Lady Windemere were full of such potent emotion I could both see them and feel their panic. The readers of Lord W and Lord D were heroic! And Wilde's script - well does he deserve such fame for his cutting comments on his society - and even more tantalising - every assessment made by his characters perfectly suited the behaviour of those who surround us - and ourselves! - today. I must highly recommend this play and cannot wait to listen to it again. Oh, and the sound quality was perfect.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 11-28-04

An exciting night at the

If you enjoy Oscar Wilde, you'll undoubtedly love this recording of one of his most interesting plays. Juliet Stevenson as Mrs. Erlynne seems to sashay into your living room, and the other characters are portrayed with equal competence and elan. The vocal quality of this recording is also excellent ... nothing scratchy, noone bellowing from the end of a long tunnel!

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