The Importance of Being Earnest
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'It is very romantic to be in love. The very essence of romance is uncertainty'

Wilde's much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre's most dazzling firework displays. Don't miss the final instalment of Classic Spring's 'deliciously charming' (Sunday Times) Oscar Wilde Season.

Michael Fentiman's witty new production will star Olivier-Award winner Sophie Thompson as Lady Bracknell (Guys and Dolls, Chichester/West End; Four Weddings and a Funeral), Jeremy Swift in the role of Reverend Chasuble (Downton Abbey, ITV), Sine?ad Matthews as Gwendolyn Fairfax (Absolute Hell and Hedda Gabler, National Theatre) and Fiona Button as Cecily Cardew (The Split, BBC).

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PIPPA NIXON REPLACES SINEAD MATTHEWS IN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (22 JUNE 2018)

Classic Spring has announced that Fiona Button (Cecily Cardew) and Stella Gonet (Miss Prism) have been cast in Michael Fentiman's The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October 2018), with Pippa Nixon replacing Sinead Matthews as Gwendolyn Fairfax. Matthews has had to step down from the company due to an unavoidable scheduling clash.

The three actresses join Sophie Thompson as Lady Bracknell and Jeremy Swift as Revered Chasuble, as previously announced.

The Importance of Being Earnest is the last in a year-long series of productions at the Vaudeville Theatre celebrating the brilliant and radical wit of Oscar Wilde. The season opened with Dominic Dromgoole's production of A Woman of No Importance, starring Eve Best and Anne Reid. Lady Windermere's Fan, starring Kevin Bishop, Samantha Spiro and Jennifer Saunders and directed by Kathy Burke, was followed by An Ideal Husband, starring Freddie and Edward Fox (running until 14 July).

Since the season began, the productions have been seen by more than 120,000 people at the Vaudeville, including huge family audiences for The Selfish Giant and Wilde Creatures, and 110,000 more on cinema screens nationally and internationally.

Fiona Button plays Cecily Cardew. Fiona recently starred as Rose Defoe in the hit BBC drama The Split, and her other credits for the BBC include Outcasts and Lip Service. She starred as Annabella in Michael Longhurst's acclaimed production of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and as Wendy in the RSC's smash hit Wendy and Peter Pan.

Pippa Nixon plays Gwendolyn Fairfax. Pippa was one of the leading lights of the RSC from 2011 to 2014, eliciting rave reviews for her performances as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Bastard in King John and Rosalind in As You Like It. She has subsequently starred as Ariel in The Tempest at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and in Sunset at the Villa Thalia at the National Theatre.

Stella Gonet plays Miss Prism. Stella made her name as Beatrice Eliott in the BBC's much-loved 1920s costume drama, The House of Eliott. She recently starred as Margaret Thatcher in Moira Buffini's sell-out hit Handbagged at the Hampstead Theatre and in the West End, and her other stage credits include Ophelia opposite Daniel Day Lewis' Hamlet at the National Theatre.



SOPHIE THOMPSON WILL PLAY LADY BRACKNELL IN CLASSIC SPRING'S THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (31 MAY 2018)

Classic Spring has announced that Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson (recently on stage in Guys and Dolls (Chichester), and well-known for her film roles, including: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Emma, Gosford Park and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1) will play Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at London's Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October). Directed by Michael Fentiman, the production also stars Jeremy Swift (best-known for his role in ITV's Downton Abbey) in the role of Reverend Chasuble and Sinéad Matthews (currently at the National Theatre in Absolute Hell) as Gwendolyn Fairfax.

The Importance of Being Earnest is the last in a cycle of productions celebrating Wilde, which has included all four of the writer's major social comedies, a solo performance of De Profundis by Simon Callow, now transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a reworking of Wilde's fairy tales for children presented by Tall Stories, and a musical version of The Selfish Giant, presented in Northampton and London. These productions have been seen by over 120,000 people in the Vaudeville, and 80,000 more on cinema screens.

Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Classic Spring, said: "We have brought thousands of people new to Wilde, and many new to the West End, into the glittering and liberating confusions of his world. It has also been a massive pleasure to work with so many great actors. It is with delight and excitement that we look forward to this continuing celebration of writer and actors with The Importance of Being Earnest."









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Type of production: Comedy

Opened: 20 July 2018

Booking until: 20 October 2018

Running time: 2 Hours 15 Mins

Prices: £26.00 - £73.00

Author / playwright: Noel Coward

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