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The Importance of Being Earnest broadcast to US cinemas for 120th anniversary

The Importance of Being EarnestIn celebration of the 120th anniversary year of The Importance of Being Earnest, a live performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic will be broadcast to US cinemas tonight from the West End.

Filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London on 8th October 2015, the performance goes out to select US cinemas nationwide tonight with additional exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with stage and screen actor David Suchet, who is currently starring in the West End production of the play as Lady Bracknell.

The Importance of Being Earnest – A Trivial Comedy for Serious People – is one of playwright Oscar Wilde’s most iconic works. It premiered at the St James’ Theatre in London on 14th February 1895, and was still in its original run when Wilde was put on trial and subsequently imprisoned for his homosexual lifestyle. The play has been revived many times since then and adapted into various other forms, including operas, musicals, radio plays and three cinematic productions.

Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the utterly reliable John Worthing J.P., lead double lives to court the attention of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Following a short UK tour, The Importance of Being Earnest arrived in the West End for a limited run at the Vaudeville Theatre from 1st July (previews from 24th June) to 7th November 2015.

Continuing the tradition of male actors taking on the role, Poirot star and Olivier Award-nominated actor David Suchet plays Lady Bracknell in the West End production. Appearing alongside him are Downton Abbeys Michael Benz (Hamlet, As You Like It) as John Worthing J.P. and Shakespeare’s Globe regular Philip Cumbus (A Touch Of Frost, My Hero, Hope and Glory) as Algernon Moncrieff, joined by Emily Barber (Billy Liar, Cornelius, The Hired Man) as Gwendolen Fairfax, Imogen Doel (The Get Out, Gastronauts) as Cecily Cardew, Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do Ave ‘Em, Captain Jack, The Witches) as Miss Prism, Richard O’Callaghan (Carry On Loving and Carry On at Your Convenience, Casualty) as Reverend Canon Chasuble, David Killick (The Crucible, The King’s Speech, Summer & Smoke) as Lane and Brendan Hooper (Noises Off, Kean, Pygmalion) as Merriman.

The Importance of Being Earnest is produced in the West End by Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions and Nica Burns. It is directed by Adrian Noble and features design Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Gareth Owen and music by Larry Blank.

The big screen performance of The Importance of Being Earnest is presented by Fathom Events and More2Screen, and will be broadcast to select US cinemas tonight, Tuesday 3rd November 2015, at 7pm local time.

The Importance of Being Earnest is currently still playing at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. The final performance takes place on Saturday 7th November 2015.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Show Opened: 24th June 2015
Booking Until: 7th November 2015
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm

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17th to 21st November 2015
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24th to 218th November 2015
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1 thought on “The Importance of Being Earnest broadcast to US cinemas for 120th anniversary”

  1. I saw the November 3 performance in Connecticut and I loved it. Please continue to present good theater to us across the pond. Thank you.

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