The Importance of Being Earnest  
The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Martin Mulgrew

Evenings at 8.00
Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd April

The Tower Theatre performing at the Gorton Theatre, Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S.A

Reviews of the London production ...

**** The Blog of Theatre Things
and 4-stars from London Theatre 1 ****


A marvellous masterpiece that mercilessly satirises Victorian moral attitudes especially towards marriage using high farce and Wilde's inimitable style and wit.

Last performed by the Tower 18 years ago, Wilde's classic comedy has had a superb one week run at the Bridewell Theatre in London before touring to the Gorton Theatre, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Photos of the London production by Ruth Anthony

Tickets available at the door, or in advance from cast2008@prodigy.net


Cast
John Worthing : Bernard Brennan
Algernon Moncrieff : Murray Deans
Gwendolen Fairfax : Helen McGill
Cecily Cardew : Imogen de Ste Croix
Lady Bracknell : Helen McCormack
Miss Prism : Karen Walker
Reverend Canon Chasuble : Ian Recordon
Lane : Richard Kirby
Merriman : Nigel Oram
Production Team
Director : Martin Mulgrew
Set Design : Jude Chalk and Bernard Brennan
Costume Design : Haidee Elise and Claire Huxley
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk
Incidental music played by Jonathan Norris

Stage Manager : Dinah Irvine
Assistant Director : Ruth Anthony
Assistant Stage Managers : Sheena Clowater, Dave Dally
Lighting Operator : Grainne Hallinan
Sound Operator : Jessie Baker
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Jude Chalk, Jack Patrickson, Rob Hebblethwaite, David Taylor, Alexander Knapp, Lisa Castle


This is Bernard Brennan's second production with the Tower, having appeared in The Night Heron last year. He has also acted with KDC Theatre, appearing recently as Wang (and other roles) in The Good Person of Szechwan and as transvestite dancer Rose in Night Night, Sleep Tight.
 
This is Murray Deans's second production with the Tower Theatre, having appeared as Paris in Romeo and Juliet last year. Previous roles (with other companies) include Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Lieutenant Gruber in Allo' Allo' and Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. He was also an active member of Strathclyde University's Theatre Group, Re-act, spending a year as Vice-President of the company.
The Importance of Being Earnest is Helen McGill's seventh show with theTower, having performed in The Priory, Time and The Conways, Marching Song, Chalet Lines and Dumb Show in previous seasons. Helen has also performed with Putney Arts Theatre, where she played the role of Phoebe in Party. Before arriving in London in 2013, she acted with companies in Liverpool where her roles included Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Yelena in Uncle Vanya.
 
Imogen de Ste Croix is very happy to be doing her third production with the Tower after appearing in Mother's Day and Romeo and Juliet last year. She has previously performed at the National Theatre and has aspirations of someday working with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Helen McCormack is a longstanding Tower member and has appeared in a variety of roles from one of the children in Blue Remembered Hills to Paulina in Death and the Maiden. More recently she has been in Tower productions of Garden, Sordid Lives, Entertaining Mr Orton, Telstar and Charley's Aunt. She recently played the Queen in Handbagged.
 
Karen Walker has been a member of the Tower Theatre for over 30 years and played many varied roles. Favourite productions include Noises Off, Summer and Smoke, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Antony and Cleopatra, Fallen Angels, A Doll's House, Chicago and Once in a Lifetime. Many of these went on tour and Karen is thrilled to be returning to perform in the good old U. S. of A.!
Ian Recordon has played varied roles ranging from Valmont (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Eddie Carbone (A View from the Bridge), Sir (The Dresser), Ralph Nickelby and Newman Noggs (Nicholas Nickelby), C S Lewis (Shadowlands) and Frank Bryant (Educating Rita) to lighter roles such as Elyiot (Private Lives), Henry Higgins (Pygmalion), Gary Essendine (Present Laughter), Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Malvolio (Twelfth Night) and Geoffrey (Stepping Out). In 2015 he played W H Auden in The Habit of Art and King Lear's Earl of Kent in London and Paris. Last year Ian spent the summer with the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival playing Prospero in The Tempest and Egeon in The Comedy of Errors before returning to the Tower with Handbagged.
 
Richard Kirby was recently seen as Brassett in Charley's Aunt and before that in One Man - Two Guvnors, Major Barbara, Goodnight Mr Tom, Comic Potential and David Copperfield, mixed with fight direction for Telstar for the Tower and Double Falsehood and The Turn of the Screw for CP Theatre, and comedy movement for One Man, Two Guvnors plus a tour of England's green and pleasant land playing Leonato and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing with Theatre Setup. Between times, he sings in the church choir. Richard lives in Enfield with fellow fight-choreographer wife Lindsay in a house that's so full of swords it's a mini-replica of The Royal Armouries.
Nigel Oram has appeared in three previous Tower productions (Doctor Faustus, Farragut North and Othello). He also recently tried his hand at stage managing (Clybourne Park) and has operated sound and/or lighting for Major Barbara, Travesties, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Mother's Day, Charley's Aunt and The Night Heron.
 
Martin Mulgrew is Artistic Director of the Tower. Last year, he driected Handbagged and in 2013 his play Entertaining Mr Orton was chosen as a Tower production for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.