The Importance of Being Earnest - now in rehearsal

Monday 13th August 2012

Rightly considered one of the greatest plays in the English language, our eclectic autumn season opens soon with Oscar Wilde’s timeless and much loved masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Our Artistic Director, Giles Croft, directs a talented cast from the stage and screen including Sam Callis who recently starred in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever in the West End, Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic) and was last seen at the Playhouse in Ibsen’s The League of Youth. Joining Sam is Joanna Brookes as Lady Bracknell, Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi as Gwendolen – best know as Leyla Harding from Emmerdale and the West-Bridgford-born star of The Sarah Jane Adventures, Anjli Mohindra as Cecily.

Hywel Morgan (recently Tony Blair in A Walk on Part: The Fall of New Labour in the West End and well known to Nottingham audiences from War and Peace and Feelgood), John Elkington, Robert Benfield and Claire Storey complete a wonderful cast.

On the surface a witty and frivolous farce The Importance of Being Earnest also serves as a searing satire on the shallow vanities and hypocrisies of the rigid class-based society in which Wilde lived and was to suffer at the hands of.

Giles Croft says “Having directed Noël Coward’s Private Lives last year I’m very excited to be working on this great play by this other master of English language comedy. As so many people are now engaging in some form of online ‘Bunburying’, the idea of creating an imagined world of freedom from constraints feels as fresh as ever.”

Picking up on this idea of ‘online Bunburying’ digital artists The Cutting Room are presenting Dual – part of a digital exhibition taking place at the Playhouse 5 September – 30 October in response to the themes in The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Importance of Being Earnest is complemented by the studio production of Lady Bracknell’s Confinement.