The Importance of Being Earnest comes to the West End this summer


This summer’s portfolio of West End shows is really hotting up, with The Importance of Earnest being the latest show thrown into an already electrifying line-up

Sian Phillips in The Importance of Being Earnest this summer

Sian Phillips in The Importance of Being Earnest this summer

The revival of Oscar Wilde’s brilliant masterpiece will be shown at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The Importance of Being Earnest will begin on June 27, 2014 and run until September 20, 2014. British theatre director Lucy Bailey, will direct the highly-awaited retake on Wilde’s much-loved and farcical comedy. Lucy Bailey is well-known for her erotic tension and is even recognised for making her audiences faint.

The production of The Importance of Being Earnest will sport a well-known cast, including actor Nigel Havers. Thanks to his recent roles in Coronation Street and Downton Abbey, Nigel Havers is now a familiar face and household name. The actor has also many stage credits to his name, including Basket Case, Art and Single Spies.

Playing alongside Havers is Welsh actress, Sian Phillips. Phillips boasts a long acting career that includes many films and television programmes. One of the actress’s best known roles was when she played Livia in the popular BBC adaptation of Robert Graves’s novel, 1, Claudius. As well as being a familiar face on film and television, Phillips has starred in many stage productions, including Cabaret, The Age of Innocence and Marlene. The iconic Welsh actress was nominated for the Olivier and Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Marlene.

This summer’s Importance of Being Earnest is being designed by theatre designer William Dudley, who is married to Lucy Bailey. Similar to the actors performing in the show, Dudley has enjoyed a distinguished career as a theatre and opera designer. Such are the designer’s talents, Dudley has received seven Olivier awards and a further seven nominations.

With such creative talent working behind and on the stage, this modern retake of The Importance of Being Earnest has all the hallmarks of being a phenomenal success.

The story of Oscar Wilde’s legendary comedy needs little introduction. A plot which is centred on the hypocrisies of Victorian society, surrounding two bachelors of widely different backgrounds compelled to take on different identities in order to peruse two eligible ladies, was simply made for a West End audience.

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