THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
BY OSCAR WILDE
National Tour Spring 2018
‘jovial and energetic… satisfyingly rich take on Oscar Wilde’s airy comedy’ The Stage ★★★★
‘a delight… a great evening guaranteed to make you laugh’ Essential Surrey ★★★★
‘charming, warm and true… effortlessly witty’ London Theatre 1 ★★★★
The Importance Being Earnest by the master of comedy Oscar Wilde, makes a welcome return to society in this wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival from The Original Theatre Company.
Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin the beautiful Gwendolen but first he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station. Prepare to take a welcome turn with Wilde’s much-loved Algernon, Jack, Gwendolen and Cecily, as town and country clash in a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags.
Starring national treasure Gwen Taylor (Coronation Street, Duty Free and Barbara) as the formidable Lady Bracknell, Downton Abbey favourite Thomas Howes as Algernon, Broadway and West End star Kerry Ellis sharing the role of Gwendolen with Hannah Louise Howell and the delightful Susan Penhaligon (Upstairs Downstairs and Bergerac) as the hapless Miss Prism.
A NEW COMEDY BY TORBEN BETTS
Starring Janie Dee
Park Theatre & National Tour Spring 2018
Monogamy means sharing your life with one person, but what if you shared your kitchen with 5.6 million?
Caroline Mortimer, the nation’s favourite TV cook, has it all – a sparkling career, a big house in Highgate, a (golf) loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen money can buy.
But beneath the immaculate furnishings, studio lighting and away from the glare of the ever-present cameras – Caroline must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye. What happens when the cameras turn off and the truth comes out?
A searing, sharp, state of the nation comedy from one of the UK’s most exciting playwrights, Torben Betts (Muswell Hill, Park Theatre).
Olivier and Evening Standard award-winner Janie Dee will star as Caroline. Critically acclaimed for her roles on stage and screen, Janie Dee has worked closely with many leading playwrights including Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Frayn and Harold Pinter and is currently starring in the National Theatre’s production of Follies.
“An uncommonly talented playwright” Time Out
“Torben Betts is the most exciting theatre writing talent I have come across in many a year” Alan Ayckbourn
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