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The Importance of Being Earnest
May 2015
    Written By
Oscar Wilde

Directed by
Becky Morris









Synopsis
Oscar Wilde’s enduring literary masterpiece, arguably one of the most famous and best loved British plays of all time, is given the Lovelace treatment here, as we are proud to present a sparkling and witty production of “The Importance of being Earnest”

Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are wealthy, languid, carefree bachelors, when our play opens in the heart of late Victorian London. Jack reluctantly confesses to his friend that he is, in fact, leading a double life where he is “Jack in the Country and Ernest in the town”; a lifestyle he orchestrates so that he can do as he pleases.

Tasked with being the guardian of 18 year old Cecily Cardew, who is cared for in her rambling Hertfordshire country mansion by her governess, Miss Prism, Jack invents a wicked brother called Ernest, whom he claims to visit regularly in London, ostensibly to spend time with his friend Algernon and Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen, with whom he is passionately in love.
Algernon, meanwhile, leads his own (albeit gentler) double life, inventing an invalid friend named Bunbury, expressly created so that he can “visit” him and so avoid duty-led engagements with his Aunt Augusta, the foreboding Lady Bracknell, who is also Gwendolen’s mother.

A series of untruths, fantasies and decoy fabricated stories, leads the full ensemble to Jack’s country home, where misunderstandings abound, fiancés are found, lost and found again, friendships are forged, destroyed and re-forged, and where Jack’s past and present untruths unravel in such a way that the lives and happiness of almost everyone involved, hang by a thread.

Oscar Wilde created a satirical social commentary unlike no other, designed to present the idiosyncrasies of Victorian life in a truly unforgettable way. Wilde himself gave the play the subtitle “A trivial comedy for serious people” and we are thrilled to be able to present this glimpse into the hedonistic world of Oscar’s contemporaries, to 21st Century Hucknall.

So walk with us to the Wilde side, and remember “one must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life”

Rehearsal Photos (click to enlarge)    

Cast List









Jack Worthing
Tom Morley
Algernon Moncrieff
Richard Sparks

Rev Canon Chasuble
Daniel Knight
Merriman
Ed Turner
Lane
Frank Burbage
Lady Bracknell
Bernie Kirk
Gwendolen Fairfax
Jess Wall
Cecily Cardew
Angela Pushpa-Rajah
Miss Prism
Vicky Clark
           

Production Team

Lighting
Carl Wilkinson, Ethan Thomas
Stage Contruction and Design
Pete McFarlane, Chloe Smith, Ethan Thomas, Gary Clark

 

Sound
TBC
Director
Becky Morris
 
Prompt
Linda Mayes
Front of House
Becs Mayes

 
Costumes
Jess Wall, Bernie Kirk
     

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