A rousing, romantic escapade, Oscar Wilde dishes up scathing social satire, effervescent wit and high farce, making The Importance of Being Earnest one of the most cherished plays in the English language.
In a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives to woo the two young ladies who have won their hearts. When they are caught in their lies, the stage is set for clever manipulations and hilarious confusion.
‘With not a seat to spare, nor a blade of bank grass in sight, the Guildburys band of faithful followers were out in force. And jolly nice it was too, seeing spectators of all ages devouring a masterpiece.Following the devouring of several cucumber sandwiches by the Bunbury obsessed male leads ( Andrew Donovan and Darran Knight), Gilly Fick made her hoity totiy entrance as Lady Bracknell and lit up the outdoor stage – Dame Edith Evans eat your handbag! Ian Nichols clearly relished his role as confused cleric Dr Chasuble and the confused love interests were in the shape of Laura Sheppard ( Gwendoline Fairfax ) and the impressive Maria Fernandez ( Cecily Cardew). Happily they have left their mark on Farnham and no doubt next year’s production will be as warmly received.’
Peter Carline. Farnham Herald
Farnham Castle July 2005
Production photographs © Guildburys Tony Charters
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