PRESS   RELEASE (17 September 2016)

Alsager Community Theatre is set to brighten up those long winter evenings with its production of the classic Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, performed at Alsager Civic from 23 - 26 November 2016.

This farcical comedy famed for its witty dialogue and the absurd behaviour of its characters was written in 1895 and has remained popular to the present day, with frequent stage productions and several films. Jack and Algernon are best friends and in order to escape social obligations and the demands of polite society, both are living a double life. Algernon pays frequent visits to a fictitious invalid friend (Bunbury), while Jack invents a troublesome younger brother (Ernest), who regularly needs his attention. Naturally, both are on the cusp of falling in love and marrying, and during the action of the play it becomes essential that both change their names to Ernest!

Director James Tomkinson tells us “The Importance of Being Earnest is perhaps best known for the formidable presence of Algernon’s aunt and Gwendolen’s mother, that glorious comic creation, Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde described his play as a trivial comedy for serious people, and in it he mocks and satirises the stifling atmosphere of polite English society of the 1890s with hilarious results. We are fortunate to have gathered a talented cast of local actors, and are confident that our audiences will have a wonderful evening.”

Production details are as follows :

Alsager Civic, from Wednesday 23 November to Saturday 26 November 2016, at 7.45pm
Tickets are 8 (7 for under 21s) and are available from 1st November at Alsager Library or by phoning (01260) 276165

CAST LIST

Jack

Richard Bateman

Algernon

James Tomkinson

Gwendolen

Rachel Mullock

Cecily

Bethany Colclough

Lady Bracknell

Maree Thorpe

Miss Prism

Gill Plant

Dr Chasuble

Steven White

Lane + Merriman

Brian Ormrod