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Nigel Havers and Martin Jarvis to star in The Importance of Being Earnest

Theatre News March 21st 2014According to press reports, Nigel Havers and Martin Jarvis will co-star in a revamped production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, with performances beginning 27th June, 2014 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, with plans for a UK tour.

The show will be directed by Lucy Bailey and “imagines a fictional Bunbury Players putting on a production of Oscar Wilde’s play as they have done, over and over, for decades. Hence the age of the players.”

Nigel Havers will play Algernon opposite Jarvis as Jack, with Sian Phillips as Lady Bracknell., Cherie Lunghi as Gwendolen, Christine Kavanagh as Cecily, Rosalind Ayres as Miss Prism and Niall Buggy as Reverend Chasuble.

First performed on 14th February 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London, The Importance of Being Earnest is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona in order to escape burdensome social obligations.

Nigel Havers has appeared onstage in many pantomimes, including Peter Pan, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin, Cinderella and Robin Hood. His recent TV credits include The Life of Rock with Brian Pern, Downton Abbey, Coronation Street, Brothers and Sisters.

Martin Jarvis has acted in numerous stage productions in London and the US, and most recently appeared with Diana Rigg and Natascha McElhone in Honour, which ran through May 2006 at Wyndham’s Theatre. Jarvis’s television credits include Agatha Christie: Poirot, the mini-series Endeavour, the TV movie Phil Spector, EastEnders, Taking the Flak and more. In films, his credits include Wreck-It Ralph, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Framed.

Friday 21st March 2014


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