If audiences are looking for a well known personality appearing in a play by a much-beloved writer then they need look no further than the Vaudeville Theatre’s latest production.
The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a story that needs little introduction and is one that has accumulated many fans since it was first staged at the old St James Theatre in 1895, so whenever it reappears in cities around the world it is likely to attract a lot of attention.
So add renowned actor David Suchet to the mix and producers have a much talked-about show on their hands.
Suchet takes on the role of Lady Bracknell in the Wilde classic, the mother of the character of Gwendolyn. The story focuses on the characters of Jack and Algernon who, at different points in the play, lead double lives. Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin Gwendolyn and to do so must face up to her mother Lady Bracknell, who wishes to know if his parents (whom he never knew) are respectable. Algernon, meanwhile, has his sights set on Jack’s ward Cecily and so poses as Ernest, the fake brother invented by Jack, to win her heart. The result is a farcical and memorable story that has been beloved for well over a century.
David Suchet is a well known actor both in the London theatre scene and beyond. For those that have seen him on the stages of the capital he will be familiar from the likes of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre, C.S Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at The threesixty Theatre, Kensington Gardens, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre and Roger Crane’s The Last Confession at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
For those beyond the capital, of course, Suchet can still be recognised thanks to his portrayal of Hercule Poirot in numerous Agatha Christie stories dramatised by ITV. Further screen credits include The Bank Job, Flood and Harry And The Hendersons.
He stars alongside Emily Barber as Gwendolyn, Michael Benz as Jack, Philip Cumbus as Algernon, Imogen Doel as Cecily, Michele Dotrice and Richard O'Callaghan. Adrian Noble directs.
Home to Di and Viv and Rose until May 2015, the Vaudeville Theatre welcomes The Importance Of Being Earnest from Wednesday 1st July 2015 (previews from Saturday 27th June 2015).
|Booking From:||Thursday, 5th November 2015|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 7th November 2015|
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