About the Show/Event
Information for The Importance of Being Earnest at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury (Play). Classic turn-of-the-century comedy of social manners. A very complicated plot that includes the famous "A Handbag!" line .. Jack Worthing is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, daughter of the redoubtable Lady Bracknell, and cousin of his friend Algernon. They cannot wed until the mystery of his parentage (he was found in a handbag on Victoria Station) is resolved. Algy discovers that Jack has a pretty young ward, Cecily, living at the Manor and visits her pretending to be Jack's fictitious (and wicked) brother Ernest.
Performers Charlotte Beaumont (Cecily), Peter Bray (Algernon), Jim Creighton (Dr Chasuble), Claudia Jolly (Gwendolyn), Wendy Nottingham (Miss Prism), Morgan Philpott (Lane/Merriman), Benedict Salter (Jack), Connie Walker (Lady Bracknell).
Author Oscar Wilde. Producer Watermill Theatre. Director Kate Budgen. Design Amy Jane Cook. Lighting Sally Ferguson. Sound Jon McLeod.