Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Grand

The cast of Lady Windermere's Fan.
The cast of Lady Windermere's Fan.

A new member of the Lancaster Footlights will play the lead in a play about Victorian attitudes towards women and marriage.

Emma Nixon will star in ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ by the Grand Theatre’s in-house amateur dramatics society this week at the St Leonardgate venue.

Emma has acted professionally, including in an all female Titus Andronicus, and won the Actor’s Prize for her year when she graduated with a first from LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts) in 2012, receiving the award from Paul McCartney.

The action begins on the day of Lady Windermere’s ball to celebrate her 21st birthday.

Lady Windermere’s apparent happiness as a young mother and wife is marred by accounts delivered by Lord Darlington and the Duchess of Berwick about her husband, Lord Windermere’s behaviour.

He has been seen paying frequent visits to the house of a certain Mrs Erlynne, an infamous older woman eager to get back into society after a scandalous life, and he has paid her large sums of money.

Plunged into misery and uncertainty by this revelation and unable to receive reassurances from her husband, Lady Windermere recklessly considers running away with Lord Darlington, who has declared his love for her.

Mrs Erlynne intercepts a letter containing this information and manages to get to Lord Darlington’s apartment in time to persuade Lady Windermere to abandon her shocking plan.

The play is directed by Marion Plowright, who until recently was Head of the Arts Faculty at Ripley Church of England Academy, Marion has retired from full-time teaching and now teaches part-time in the drama department at the school.

She has directed this particular play before with A level students.

Performances are from Tuesday, April 8 to Saturday, April 12 at 7:30pm. They are priced £9.50 (£8.50 concessions) or £7.50 for opening night. Book from the box office, call 01524 64695.