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The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde, directed by Alastair Whatley

27 February - 3 March 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Overview

The Importance of Being Earnest by the master of comedy Oscar Wilde, makes a welcome return to Bath in this wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival.

Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin, the beautiful Gwendolen, but fi rst he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station. Prepare to take a turn with Wilde’s much-loved Algernon, Jack, Gwendolen and Cecily, as town and country clash in a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags.

Starring national treasure Gwen Taylor (Coronation Street, Duty Free and Barbara) as the formidable Lady Bracknell, Downton Abbey favourite Thomas Howes as Algernon, Broadway and West End star Kerry Ellis sharing the role of Gwendolen with Hannah Louise Howell* and the delightful Susan Penhaligon (Upstairs Downstairs and Bergerac) as the hapless Miss Prism. 

Gwen Taylor is one of Britain's leading actresses, well known for her many popular television and theatre roles which include playing Ann Foster in Coronation Street, Peg in Heartbeat, the title role in three series of Barbara and Rita Simcock in the BAFTA-nominated A Bit of a Do.

Susan Penhaligon is best known for Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance, Upstairs, Downstairs and Bergerac on television. Her West End credits include Three Sisters and The Real Thing.

Renowned theatre star and recording artist, Kerry Ellis is best known for originating the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You and was the first British actress to play Elphaba in Wicked, in the West End and on Broadway. Her other West End theatre work includes Sara in Murder Ballad, Nancy in Oliver!, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Fantine in Les Misérables and Grizabella in Cats. Kerry has achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist with Brian May of Queen.

* Please note, the role of Gwendolen will be played by Hannah Louise Howell on Friday and Saturday.

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    Times

    Tuesday - Wednesday 7.30pm
    Thursday – Saturday 8pm
    Matinees Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

    Running Time: tbc

    Prices

    Tues– Fri eves and Sat mat: £21.00 £26.50 £28.50 £31.50 £33.50
    Sat eve: £23.50 £27.50 £29.50 £32.50 £35.50
    Midweek mats: £19.50 £25.00 £27.00 £31.00 £32.00 

     

    All tickets in the Main House and Ustinov Studio incur a booking fee of £1.25 per ticket.

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

    Plus £1 postage

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