Dominic Dromgoole and Nica Burns
Dominic Dromgoole and Nica Burns
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Ex-artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Dominic Dromgoole is teaming up with West End theatre owner and producer Nica Burns to create a new theatre company.

The company - called Classic Spring - will be dedicated to celebrating work by 'proscenium playwrights' and staging them in the theatres they wrote for.

The first show run by the company will be Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance which will open in October 2017. Directed by Dromgoole, the Nimax venue will be announced soon. The show will prompt a season revolving around Wilde plays such as Lady Windermere's Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Wilde season will run for a year and will be followed by a season of plays by George Bernard Shaw.

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. "