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The Importance of Being Earnest
Directed by Lucy Bailey
Oscar Wilde’s much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest stars The Bunbury Company of Players comprising Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered, New Tricks, God and Monsters), Niall Buggy (Uncle Vanya, Dead Funny, Aristocrats), Nigel Havers (Downton Abbey, The Life Of Rock with Brian Pern, Coronation Street), Martin Jarvis (Endeavour, Law & Order: UK, Titanic), Christine Kavanagh (Basket Case, Vera, Manchild), Cherie Lunghi (Passion Play, Secret Diary of a Call girl, The Manageress) and Siân Phillips (Marlene, The Age of Innocence, Cabaret), in a new production directed by Lucy Bailey (The Mysteries, Fortune’s Fool, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used To Be), designed by William Dudley (Fortunes Fool, The Beggar’s Opera, Titus Andronicus) and the company writer is Simon Brett (the Charles Paris and Fethering series of novels, The Strangling on the Stage).
The Importance of Being Earnest is known to elegantly lampoon the hypocrisies of a Victorian society and opens as two bachelors, the dependable, John Worthing, J.P. and upper class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, feel compelled to create different identities in order to pursue two eligible ladies Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax. The hilarious misadventures which result from their subterfuge; their brushes with the redoubtable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism results in a plot that twists and fizzles with some of the finest dialogue to be found in theatre. This hilarious and critically acclaimed production transfers to the West End following a sell-out at one of London’s most beloved fringe theatres, the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the most popular plays ever written. Subtitled ‘A trivial comedy for serious people’, it is bursting with hilarious lines and extraordinary twists of fate and sparkles with the witty dialogue of its genteel protagonists. ‘Probably the most enjoyable interpretation I have seen on the stage… such a contemporary feel that it seems the ink has barely had time to dry… This has all the hallmarks of a sell-out show’.