Casting has been announced for, Christopher Morahan's production of The Importance of Being Earnest,  by Oscar Wilde, which returns to the West End opening, at the Savoy Theatre 23rd Jan 01, following previews from 17th Jan 01.

The show  will return with only one member of the original cast, Patricia Routledge as  'Lady Bracknell'. The rest of the cast features an Anglo-Australian cast, Alistair Petrie (Jack Worthing), Theo Fraser Steele (Algernon Moncrieff ), Jonathan Elsom (Rev Canon Chasuble), Beverley Dunn (Miss Prism), Essie Davis (Gwendolen ), and Sarah Kants (Cecily).

Since leaving the Haymarket in August, the play has been touring in Australia and New Zealand.

The Importance of Being Earnest, premiered in London at the St James' theatre in 1895. Oscar Wilde wrote the play, described by The Times as "the most supremely enjoyable comedy in the English language", in Worthing the previous summer. It is likely that the story, a labyrinth of deliciously improbable quirks and turns which hinge on the question of Jack's parentage, was based on a true story which ran in the local paper at the time of Wilde's visit. The article tells of an incident in which a baby was found abandoned in a basket in the Great Northern Railway Station at King's Cross. Wilde used this to great effect to create some of the most memorable and oft quoted lines in a play, which oozes with wit.

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