Chester Little Theatre’s next production will be that great Oscar Wilde favourite The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Delyse Rostron, opening on Saturday 7th May and running until Saturday 14 May 2016.
This production also gives the Little Theatre a great opportunity to bring together two young actresses who recently appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the two bosom friends nearly divided by misunderstandings and jealousy: Hermia and Helena. And in Wilde’s play they are again playing two lovely young things who, through deliberate misleading and lying on the part of two young gentlemen, are again at daggers drawn and wild (pardon the pun) with jealousy, both mistakenly assuming that they are in love with the same Ernest.
Meg Lamour, who played Hermia in The Dream, here plays the sophisticated Gwendolen, daughter of the fearsome Lady Bracknell and madly in love with Ernest. Sarah Morris, Helena in The Dream, plays Cecily, the innocent young ward of “Uncle” Jack who, tucked away in the countryside far from the temptations of the City, dreams of meeting and falling in love with someone called Ernest. Jack’s friend, Algernon, on hearing about Cecily, is immediately attracted. He adopts the name Ernest and goes to the country to meet her.
This is just the play to see on a May evening: delightfully witty, with the characters providing laughter and joy: Miss Prism, the virginal governess; Dr Chasuble, barely hiding his ardour beneath his cassock; the two young gentlemen, Algernon and Jack, keen to enjoy themselves before settling down to marriage, and of course, Lady Bracknell (played by Penelope Morris) thoroughly researching the suitability of any young man who comes sniffing around her precious daughter, Gwendolen. Brilliantly clever; when he describes it as “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” Wilde doesn’t do it justice – but perhaps he was being ironical.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Chester Little Theatre, Goucester Street, Chester CH1 3HR
Saturday 7th May to Saturday 14 May 2016.
Tickets are £9.00 and £7.50 concessions on first Saturday, Monday and Tuesday evenings. Book on-line here or by telephone at TicketSource 0333 666 3366.