David Suchet, the seven-time Olivier Award nominee is set to return to the London stage for the first time since his acclaimed performance in 2012’s Olivier Award-winning revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. He will star as Lady Bracknell in a new production of Oscar Wilde's much loved masterpiece The Importance Of Being Earnest when it opens in the West End next summer.
Although perhaps best know for his portrayal of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, Suchet is a veteran of the West End stage. The more recent of his wide-ranging credits including All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre, The Last Confession at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Complicit at the Old Vic.
He will follow in the footsteps of fellow actors Geoffrey Rush and Brian Bedford, who have both donned ladies’ attire to play Wilde’s ruthless and unforgettable social climber. Brimming with witty observations of the social pretensions in Victorian society, Wilde’s comedy tells of the hilarious misadventures of bachelors John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff as they try to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew.
The Importance Of Being Earnest opens in the West End in summer 2015, 12 months after Lucy Bailey’s production of Wilde’s comic farce starring Nigel Havers and Siân Phillips, which opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre in June. Full casting for the Suchet-led production is still to be announced.
Book your The Importance of Being Earnest tickets to see the Lucy Bailey production at the Harold Pinter Theatre!