THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Touring

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★★
Mayflower, Southampton – until 6 June 2015
Then touring ahead of West End

The thought of seeing one of our greatest character actors playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest was something I could not resist! David Suchet, best known for playing Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Poirot on TV, was donning a dress in this classic written by Oscar Wilde in 1895.

This production, set over three acts with ten-minute intervals between each, is resplendent in witty delivery and a display of excellence in acting. John Worthing, played by Michael Benz, along with Algernon Moncrieff, played by Philip Cumbus, were perfectly cast as the highly privileged gents.

Of the ladies whose affections they were trying to win, Hon Gwendolen Fairfax (Emily Barber) was adorable and the young ward Cecily Cardew (Imogen Doel) displayed whimsical sweetness and lovable eccentricities that, at times, were scene-stealing.

Michele Dotrice as the governess Miss Prism, who yearned for love, gave a brilliant performance using her renowned facial expressions to great effect. For me though, the comic timing, delivery and effortless transition to Lady Bracknell was an absolute joy to see in David Suchet.

 

 

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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.

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Having been a performer for many years, Caroline knows first hand how much the support of a good audience is valued, appreciated and needed. She is passionate about all performing art, but has a particular interest in new writing and Off-West End productions. Having reviewed for other publications, she set up her website, Carn’s Theatre Passion, to provide more exposure for these areas, as well as news, views, interviews and information on all stage-related matters.

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