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The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

Promenade production in gardens around Cambridge,
and the ADC Theatre, Cambridge
July to October 1999 


 
Cast List

Chasuble Alan Bell / Charlie Beall
Miss Prism Jess Boyd
Lady Bracknell Phillip Breen
Gwendolyn Rosanna Lavelle
Lane / Merriman Charlie Beall / Pete Le May
Cecily Hattie Morahan
Jack Worthing Blake Ritson / Jake Harders
Algernon Moncrieff Benjamin Webb

Directed by Phillip Breen
Designed by Anna Dempster
Produced by Pete Le May and Rebecca Shurz
Costume Designer Holly Linklater
Stage Manager Eleanor Lobb
Make-up Designer Prav Menon-Johansson
Lighting Designer Jon Pendergast
Technical Director Mike Rudin
Technical Adviser Duncan Wood




Selected Review Highlights


The Cambridge Student
by Erica Bennet

It is so refreshing when a director allows a comic masterpiece to speak for itself. Wilde's play requires little introduction to most even if you haven't seen the play from beginning to end, you'll know more of the lines than you realise. In an energetic performance which sees Jack played by Blake Ritson picking a fight with a bookshelf offstage, a group of talented actors give polished performances and bring a much performed play a new life.  

The comedy was helped along by some wonderful comic moments including Cecily played by Hattie Morahan nearly braining Gwendolen played by Rosanna Lavelle with a croquet mallet. In short this is a superb production of a comic masterpiece. You should not miss the play, if is is revived, which it surely must be, then book your ticket. This one is a handbag with handles and all the brass trimmings.


Varsity
by Kieran McCafferty

'Phillip Breen, also the director, expertly milked his role as Lady Bracknell giving an excellent impersonation of Les Dawson when he pouted.'


 

 

 
Benjamin Webb, Hattie Morahan, Phillip Breen, Pete Le May, Rosanna Lavelle, Blake Ritson, Jess Boyd, Charlie Beall. Photo: Anna Dempster
Standing: Benjamin Webb, Hattie Morahan, Phillip Breen, Pete Le May, Rosanna Lavelle, Blake Ritson,
Sitting: Jess Boyd, Charlie Beall. Photo: Anna Dempster

Benjamin Webb, Jess Boyd, Jake Harders, Alan Bell, Rosanna Lavelle. Photo by Pete Le May
Benjamin Webb, Jess Boyd, Jake Harders, Alan Bell, Rosanna Lavelle. Photo Pete Le May
 
 
Blake Ritson. Photo by Pete Le May
Blake Ritson. Photo Pete Le May
 


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