Theatre Royal goes Wilde
Posted: 23 May 2015
Much-loved television star David
Suchet is coming to Newcastle Theatre Royal in a brand new guise as Lady
Bracknell in The Importance of Being
Earnest, Mon 8 – Sat 13 June 2015.
One of the funniest plays in the
English language, Oscar Wilde’s superb satire on Victorian manners is
guaranteed to have Newcastle audiences laughing out loud.
The play revolves round the lives
of two bachelor friends, upper-crust dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the most
reliable John Worthing J.P. who lead double lives to court the attentions of
the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then
grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse, and with the formidable
Lady Bracknell, played by David Suchet.
David is one of Britain’s most
respected actors on stage and screen. He is winner of an International Emmy award,
has been nominated for numerous Olivier, Tony and BAFTA awards throughout his
career, and was awarded the CBE in 2010. David is best known for his role as
the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He has recently completed all 74 Poirot TV films, which is the whole canon of Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories.
But leaving the famous Frenchman behind and stepping into the shoes of a woman
was an offer that concerned the actor at first: “I agreed to the idea with
slight trepidation but once I’d looked into it and realised that such notable
actors as Brian Bedford on Broadway and Geoffrey Rush in Australia had played
Lady Bracknell, I could see that I’d be following in a line of leading male
performers and I felt more comfortable.”
David will be joined on
stage by Michelle Dotrice (playing Miss Prism), who many audience members will
know from her TV appearances as long-suffering wife Betty in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em and more
recently on stage as Mrs Wilberforce in the touring production of The Ladykillers.
The Importance of Being Earnestalso stars Emily Barber as Gwendolen Fairfax, Michael Benz as John Worthing,
Philip Cumbus as Algernon Moncrieff, Imogen Doel as Cecily Cardew and Richard
O’Callaghan as Reverend Canon Chasuble.
The show is directed by Adrian Noble, former artistic director at the
RSC where his productions included: The
Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (Stratford, Barbican), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford, Barbican and Broadway) and The Secret Garden (Stratford, London).
Noble’s extensive list of other directing credits includes The Captain of Kopenick for the National, The King’s Speech in the West End, Cosi Fan Tutti at the Opera De Lyon, Brandby Ibsen starring Ralph Fiennes and Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang at The London Palladium starring Michael Ball.
The Importance of Being Earnest appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal
from Mon 8 – Sat 13 June 2015 (Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Thur 2pm and Sat
2.30pm). Tickets from £14.50 (Save 50p per ticket by booking online). Tickets can
be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your
own seat and book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk.