The Importance Of Being Earnest

The Importance Of Being Earnest

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The Original Theatre Company Present

OSCAR WILDE’S

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Directed by Alastair Whatley

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.

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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.

CAST

Gwen Taylor – Lady Bracknell
Susan Penhaligon – Miss Prism
Kerry Ellis – Gwendolen*
Hannah Louise Howell – Gwendolen
Thomas Howes – Algernon
Geoff Aymer – Chasuble
Louise Coulthard – Cecily
Peter Sandys-Clarke – Jack
Simon Shackleton – Lane/Merriman
*Kerry Ellis will play the role of Gwendolen at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, Courtyard Theatre Hereford, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Belfast Grand Opera House, Theatre Royal Bath and Manchester Opera House. Hannah Louise Howell will play Gwendolen at all other venues

CREATIVE TEAM

Director Alastair Whatley

Set and Costume Designer Garbriella Slade

Composer & Sound Designer Giles Thomas

Lighting Alan Valentine

Producers  Tom Hackney & Alastair Whatley for OTC

24 January – 3 February*

Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford       

5 – 10 February*

Courtyard Theatre, Hereford  

13 – 17 February*

Theatre Royal Plymouth

20 – 24 February*

Belfast Grand Opera House  

27 February – 3 March*

Bath Theatre Royal    

5 – 10 March                         

Theatre Royal Winchester     

13 – 17 March*

Manchester Opera House

20 – 24 March

Salisbury Playhouse 

27 – 31 March

Lichfield Garrick Theatre

3 – 7 April

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

9 – 14 April

Cambridge Arts Theatre

17 – 21 April

York Theatre Royal  

24 – 28 April

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne      

 

*Kerry Ellis to play Gwendolen

  

 

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