The Importance of Being Earnest

November 2016 – Alsager Civic centre

Press release

Poster designed by Barbara Evans

Alsager Community Theatre is set to brighten up those long winter evenings with its production of the classic Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.

This farcical comedy famed for its witty dialogue and the absurd behaviour of its characters was written in 1895 and has remained popular to the present day, with frequent stage productions and several films. Jack and Algernon are best friends and in order to escape social obligations and the demands of polite society, both are living a double life. Algernon pays frequent visits to a fictitious invalid friend (Bunbury), while Jack invents a troublesome younger brother (Ernest), who regularly needs his attention. Naturally, both are on the cusp of falling in love and marrying, and during the action of the play it becomes essential that both change their names to Ernest!

Director James Tomkinson tells us “The Importance of Being Earnest is perhaps best known for the formidable presence of Algernon’s aunt and Gwendolen’s mother, that glorious comic creation, Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde described his play as a trivial comedy for serious people, and in it he mocks and satirises the stifling atmosphere of polite English society of the 1890s with hilarious results. We are fortunate to have gathered a talented cast of local actors, and are confident that our audiences will have a wonderful evening.”

Director James Tomkinson tells us “The Importance of Being Earnest is perhaps best known for the formidable presence of Algernon’s aunt and Gwendolen’s mother, that glorious comic creation, Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde described his play as a trivial comedy for serious people, and in it he mocks and satirises the stifling atmosphere of polite English society of the 1890s with hilarious results. We are fortunate to have gathered a talented cast of local actors, and are confident that our audiences will have a wonderful evening.”

This play will be performed at the Alsager Civic centre from the 23rd – 26th November 2016.

Directed by James Tomkinson

Cast

Jack Worthing Richard Bateman
Hon. Gwendolen FairfaxRachel Mullock
Algernon MoncrieffJames Tomkinson
Cecily CardewBethany Colclough
Lady Augusta BracknellMaree Thorpe
Dr Frederick ChasubleSteven White
Miss Letitia PrismGill Plant
Lane / MerrimanBrian Ormrod

Photography by Anna Mayers