The Importance of Being Earnest
Vaudeville Theatre, London
The Importance of Being Earnest - Vaudeville Theatre, London
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First seen in 1895, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest makes its latest appearance in London’s theatre district under the direction of Adrian Noble and featuring David Suchet in the role of Lady Bracknell.
The show has admirers around the world and regularly attracts positive attention when it is restaged internationally, including the classic Peter Hall production in the early 1980s that featured Judi Dench as Bracknell and Nicholas Hytner’s production in the early 1990s that starred Maggie Smith.
So now it comes to the Vaudeville Theatre where the latest generation of theatregoers will get to experience the classic story. It features the character of Jack and Algernon who both use deception to get what they want, with unexpected consequences. Jack has invented a brother called Ernest and wishes to marry Gwendolyn and in doing so must face up to her mother Lady Bracknell and explain the respectability of his parents (who abandoned him). Meanwhile, Algernon has fallen for Jack’s ward Cecily and poses as Ernest, the stories about whom have impressed her over the years, to win her heart. It is a farcical play of deception and double lives that has stood the test of time.
In addition to David Suchet as Lady Bracknell the cast also includes Michael Benz and Philip Cumbus as Jack and Algernon respectively, plus Emily Barber as Gwendolyn, Imogen Doel as Cecily, Michele Dotrice and Richard O'Callaghan.
David Suchet’s casting as Lady Bracknell, however, will be a big selling point for the production. The actor has appeared in a wealth of shows in London and is well known for his television portrayals of Hercule Poirot for ITV for over two decades. His credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre, All My Sons at the same venue and The Last Confession at the Chichester Festival Theatre (and on an international tour). His further screen credits include Harry And The Hendersons and The Bank Job, amongst others.
The Vaudeville Theatre also welcomes Just Jim Dale in 2015 alongside Di And Viv And Rose, with The Importance Of Being Earnest running from Wednesday 1st July 2015 (previews begin on Saturday 27th June 2015).
Show & Venue InformationVaudeville Theatre
Friday, 27 June 2014
Friday, 06 November 2015
2 hours 30 minutes including two short intervals