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The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde, directed by Adrian Noble

15 - 20 June 2015

David Suchet as Lady Bracknell

David Suchet as Lady Bracknell

David Suchet

David Suchet


One of Britain’s most revered actors plays one of theatre’s most iconic roles when David Suchet stars as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece, The importance of Being Earnest. Directed by Adrian Noble, this new production plays Bath as part of a short tour prior to the West End.

The Importance of Being Earnest fizzes with wit as Wilde delights in debunking social pretensions. Two bachelor friends, upper-crust dandy Algernon Moncrieff and reliable John Worthing J.P., lead double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.

David Suchet is best known as Poirot, a role he has played in the entire canon of Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories. His other television work includes Maxwell (for which he won the Best Actor International Emmy Award in 2008) and Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now (BAFTA nomination). His stage credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night, All My Sons (Best Actor WhatsOnStage Awards, and Evening Standard Theatre and Olivier Award nominations), and Amadeus (Best Actor, Royal Variety Club Award, and nominations for a Tony on Broadway and an Olivier Award).

The cast also includes Michele Dotrice who is best known for the much-loved BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do Ave ‘Em and Richard O’Callaghan who is perhaps best known for lead roles in the classic films Carry On Loving and Carry On at Your Convenience.

Adrian Noble was the Artistic Director of the RSC from 1990-2003, where his numerous productions included The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Seagull and The Secret Garden. He recently directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Tempest for Theatre Royal Bath Productions.

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    David Suchet as Lady Bracknell

    Emily Barber - Gwendolen Fairfax

    Michael Benz - Jack Worthing

    Philip Cumbus - Algernon Moncrieff

    Imogen Doel - Cecily Cardew

    Michele Dotrice - Miss Prism

    Richard O’Callaghan - Canon Chasuble

    Director: Adrian Noble

    Designer: Peter McKintosh

    Lighting: Howard Harrison

    Music: Larry Blank

    Sound: Gareth Owen

    The Importance of Being Earnest is produced by Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions and Nica Burns.

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    Monday – Wednesday 7.30pm Thursday – Saturday 8pm Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

    Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including two intervals

    • Post Show Discussion: Thursday
    • Audio Description: 2.30pm Wednesday


    Mon – Fri eves and Sat matinee: £24.50/ £30/ £32/ £35/ £37

    Sat evening: £27/ £31/ £33/ £36/ £39

    Wed matinee: £24/ £29.50/ £31.50/ £33.50/ £35.50 

    NB: This production is not part of the Theatre's Subscription Scheme

    £2.50 transaction fee when booking online, plus an additional £1.00 postage fee, if required.

    A Booking Fee will apply to all transactions, whether made in person at our Box Office, by post or by phone, for all payment types. For all transactions of £15 or more the fee will be a total of £2.50, regardless of how many tickets are booked. For all transactions under £15 the fee will be £1.

    Please note the ticket price includes a £2 Building Levy.

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