THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Written by Oscar Wilde
Featuring TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR as Lady Augusta Bracknell
The most renowned and wittiest of Oscar Wilde’s comedies, which ridicules Victorian sensibilities and is still strikingly relevant to this day. This is a new audio adaptation, with a full-cast, by The Offstage Theatre Group for Spiteful Puppet Productions Ltd.
This is the story of two single gentlemen have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. John ‘Jack’ Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn Fairfax. When learning of this subterfuge, Algernon ‘Algy’ Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Jack Worthing’s young and beautiful ward, Cecily Cardew. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and their adventures in romance begin to go awry when they end up together in the country. This leads to a tale of deception and disguise that soon becomes uncovered.
This production is respectfully dedicated to Ian Baldwin, an actor with The Offstage Theatre Group who was to originally play John ‘Jack’ Worthing but was unable to manage the role due to ongoing treatment for an illness that sadly claimed his life in early 2018.
John ‘Jack’ Worthing: BEN PERKINS
Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff: BARNABY EATON-JONES
Gwendolen Fairfax: KIM JONES
Cecily Cardew: LIZI BRAZIER
Doctor Frederick Chasuble: BOB ROBERTS
Miss Letitia Prism: CHRISTINE SMITH
Lane: GARETH RICKETTS
Merriman: ROBERT BARTON-ANCLIFFE
TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR as Lady Augusta Bracknell
Script adaptation by BARNABY EATON-JONES
Directed by KIM JONES
Produced by BARNABY EATON-JONES
Sound design by JOSEPH FOX
Graphic Design by COLIN BROCKHURST
Recorded at Yellow Shark Studios, Cheltenham, December 2017.