The Importance Of Being Earnest will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK & Ireland on Thursday 8 October

The Importance Of Being Earnest will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK & Ireland on Thursday 8 October

Don’t miss national treasure and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, which is now open to rave reviews at the Vaudeville Theatre, London for a strictly limited season.

The Importance Of Being Earnest is being broadcast live to cinemas across the UK, Ireland and selected European countries on Thursday 8 October at 7.15pm (BST).

Brought to you live by satellite in high definition and 5.1 Surround Sound from the Vaudeville Theatre in London, and with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews, you’ll have the best seat in the house when you book a ticket at your local cinema!

Directed by Adrian Noble, (Amadeus, The King’s Speech, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) Wilde’s superb satire on Victorian manners is one of the funniest plays in the English language – the delightful repartee and hilarious piercing of hypocrisy and pomposity can still make you laugh out loud.

Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff (Philip Cumbus – regular player at Shakespeare’s Globe) and the utterly reliable John Worthing J.P., (Downton Abbey’s Michael Benz) lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax (Emily Barber) and Cecily Cardew (Imogen Doel). The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.

For more information, and to book tickets, please Click Here.


Ten of The Top Cross-Gender Performances in Theatre 

During the earliest conception of theatre in English history, there were specific laws that restricted women from having any involvement within performances and acting onstage in any way.

Englishmen found it amusing that in other countries, such as continental Europe, women were allowed on stage. As the centuries have rolled out and Shakespearean traditions continue to reign stage direction, the 21st century has seen gender role switching become something of a trend within theatre across the world.

Some of the most iconic roles in history, such as Hamlet, being played by the opposite gender has a become popular and modern tendency used by directors to creatively adapt the story in a way that is unconventional and engaging.

We look at 10 plays where switching gender roles have played a role in the success of a play.

1.  The Importance of Being Earnest (2015)

David Suchet plays the role of the formidable Lady Bracknell in the 2015 version of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at the London Vaudeville Theatre.


2.      The Merchant of Venice (2015)

Rachel Pickup played Portia, who dresses up as a boy to enjoy the freedom that comes without having to be a woman, in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ earlier this year at The Globe, London.


3.      Hamlet (2014)

Maxine Peake played the Danish Prince in ‘Hamlet’ at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2014, although the leading roles of Prospero and Macbeth each went to males.


4.      Henry IV (2014)

Harriet Walter plays the lead role of ‘Henry IV’ in Phyllida Lloyds recreation at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2014.


5.      Twelfth Night (2012)

Mark Rylance’s performance as a ‘stylised’ Olivia in Tim Carroll’s Shakespeare Globe adaptation of ‘Twelfth Night’ was critically acclaimed back in 2012 at London’s Apollo.


6.      The War of The Roses (2009)

Cate Blanchett played Richard II in Benedict Andrews production of ‘The War Of Roses’ in Sydney, 2009.


7.      Taming Of The Shrew (2003)

Janet McTeer played the macho Pertruchio in the all-female casting of ‘Taming Of The Shrew’ back in 2003. 


8.      The Tempest (2000)

Vanessa Redgrave gave a memorable performance as Prospero in ‘The Tempest’ back in 2000 at the Globe, London.


9.      Richard II (1995)

Irish actress Fiona Shaw played Richard II in Deborah Warner’s production at the National Theatre, London, in 1995.


10.  Peter Pan (1954)

Mary Martin played Peter in the original theatrical production of ‘Peter Pan’ in 1954. Which later saw Cathy Rigby and Sandy Duncan amongst others take the role.


THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST starring David Suchet will be screened live by satellite from London’s Vaudeville Theatre to 400 cinemas across the UK & Ireland on Thursday 8thOctober at 7.15pm

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