The Importance of Being Earnest Harold Pinter Revival
Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being
Earnest will be revived at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 27
Jun 2014, ahead of a UK National tour.
The classic comedy will star Nigel Havers and Siān
Phillips and will be directed by Lucy Bailey. Produced by 'The
Bunbury Company of Players' who specialise in late 19th Century and
early 20th Century light comedy, the production will feature designs
by William Dudley.
Nigel Havers is familiar with television audiences thanks to
recent roles in 'Downton Abbey' and 'Coronation Street'. Siān
Phillips has starred in stage productions of 'Cabaret', 'The Age
of Innocence' and 'Marlene' for which she was nominated for the Olivier
and Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. They will be joined by
Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered, New Tricks), Niall Buggy
(Uncle Vanya, Dead Funny), Martin Jarvis (Endeavour, Law &
Order: UK), Christine Kavanagh (Basket Case, Vera) and Cherie
Lunghi (Passion Play, Secret Diary of a Call Girl).
The Importance of Being
Earnest is known as "a trivial comedy for serious people" and
is one of Oscar Wilde's most performed comedies. It follows the story
of two upper class bachelors, Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing, who
both create alternative identities in order to persue their intended
love interests. Carefully satirising Victoiran 'polite' society, it
features some of the most famous lines in English literature.
This new production runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 27 June
until 20 Sep 2014 (updated 21 March 2014: was 25 October 2014 but changed), ahead of a UK tour.
- by Dom O'Hanlon