The Importance Of Being Earnest UK Tour 2018

The Importance of Beings Earnest

The Original Theatre Company will present a UK tour of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest in 2018. Starting at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford on 24 January 2018 the show will star Gwen Taylor (Coronation Street, Calendar Girls UK Tour) as Lady Bracknell alongside Susan Penhaligon (Cabaret UK Tour, Upstairs Downstairs) as Miss Prism. Oscar Wilde’s greatly admired and much loved comedy The Importance Of Being Earnest follows Jack Worthing’s endeavours to marry Algernon’s cousin, the beautiful Gwendolen. But first he must convince the fearsome Lady Bracknell of his respectability. Wilde’s classic play looks at the clash of town and country in a story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags. The Importance Of Being Earnest will be directed by The Original Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Alastair Whatley, with set and costume designs by Gabriella Slade, sound and music by Giles Thomas and lighting by Alan Valentine. The … Read more

REVIEW: The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Trafalgar Studios 2 ✭✭

The Picture Of Dorian Gray at Trafalgar Studios

The Picture Of Dorian Gray Trafalgar Studios 2 20 January 2016 2 Stars Buy Tickets This adaptation restores passages from Wilde’s original manuscript, which were censored from the novel as a result of scandal amongst his contemporaries. Rather than a daring display of unbarred moral putrefaction, however, this production offers a tame and uninspiring taste of Wilde. Peter Craze has directed this breezy four-hander with an emphasis on florid Victorian diction, which is entertaining for comedic value but prevents the dialogue from growing teeth. Guy Warren-Thomas as Dorian suffers the most from this approach; he remains too buoyant to convey the depths of immorality at the heart of this tale. As a result, the stage becomes a cross-dressing up box of multi-rolling actors who too often play for the laughs. The most fully realised character is Rupert Mason as Basil Hallward, who delicately confesses his romantic love for Dorian. It … Read more

REVIEW: The Picture Of Dorian Gray, St James Studio ✭✭✭✭✭

The Picture Of Dorian Gray at the St James Studio Theatre

Sadly this fine adaptation has a very brief run – I do hope another theatre can be persuaded to allow us to experience this play with this cast once more – and soon…..It deserves to be seen for its own qualities, for the fresh insights it brings to a work we think we know all too well, and for what it tells us of Wilde as well. It showcases in exemplary fashion the jostling, unstable and ultimately tragic combination of talents and aspirations that comprise Wilde’s unique persona. As usual, he perceived the truth ahead of all the critics: ‘Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks me: Dorian is what I would like to be – in other ages, perhaps.’