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Dominic Dromgoole and Nica Burns launch Classic Spring production company

Dominic Dromgoole. Photo: Helena Miscioscia Dominic Dromgoole. Photo: Helena Miscioscia
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Former Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole has teamed up with producer Nica Burns to launch a theatre company focused on classic playwrights.

Called Classic Spring, it will celebrate the work of proscenium playwrights, including Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, staging their plays in the theatres they wrote for.

Burns, who is chief executive of Nimax Theatres and co-owns six West End venues, said the company would also explore “how the change that [the writers] effected in their own day still resonates today”.

The company will produce its first play, Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance, in October 2017 at a Nimax theatre yet to be announced.

Directed by Dromgoole, the production will kick off a year-long West End season revolving around Wilde’s other Victorian plays – Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.

As a satellite project, Nimax will work with children’s theatre company Tall Stories to create a show for four to eight-year-olds called Wilde Creatures.

The Wilde season will be followed by a similar exploration of the work of George Bernard Shaw.

Announcing the collaboration, Dromgoole said: “It has always been my pleasure and privilege to support and promote the voices of writers, whether new writers at the Bush, the Old Vic or the Globe, or Shakespeare, the mainspring of our theatre culture. This is a wonderful chance to present the work of those writers who defined the proscenium century, and who still speak to us piercingly and profoundly today.”

Last month, Dromgoole – who left the Globe earlier this yearannounced he would be setting up his own film production company, in his first major departure from theatre.