Theatreland Memorabilia

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Oscar Wilde


Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, 1951
Malvern Theatres, 1999
Abbey Theatre Dublin, 2005

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Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
First performance: Monday 8th October 1951
Derek Salberg's Repertory Company.
Producer: Peter Powell. Setting Designer and painter: Barbara Addenbrooke.

CharacterPlayed By
Lane (Mr. Moncrieff's man-servant)Tony Steedman
Algernon MoncrieffHugh Kelly
John Worhting, J.P. (of the Manor House, Woolton, Hertfordshire)David Dodimead
Lady BracknellBetty Nelson
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax (her daughter)Fenella Scott
Miss PrismElspeth Duxbury
Cecily Cardew (John Worthing's ward)June Rodney
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. (Rector of Woolton)Colin Laurence
Merriman (Butler to Mr. Worthing)Stewart Ruttledge
ParlourmaidPatricia Mahoney

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Malvern Theatres
Friday 23rd - Saturday 31st July 1999
Chichester Festival Theatre production.
Director: Christopher Morahan. Designer: Peter Rice.
Lighting: RObert Bryan. Composer: Ilona Sekacz.
Sound: John A. Leonard.

CharacterPlayed By
LaneDavid Macmillan
Algernon MoncrieffAlan Cox
John Worthing, JPAdam Godley
Lady BracknellPatricia Routledge
Hon Gwendolen FairfaxSaskia Wickham
Miss PrismSheila Reid
Cecily CardewRebecca Johnson
Rev Canon ChasubleJonathan Cecil
MerrimanThane Bettany
Understudy Gwendolen Fairfax/Cecily CardewAlexandra Belcourt
Understudy John Worthing/Algernon MoncrieffConrad Hornby
Understudy Lady Bracknell/Miss PrismZibba Mays

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Abbey Theatre, Dublin
23rd July - 24th September 2005
Prologue: Conall Morrison, after Frank Harris' biography Oscar Wilde
Director: Conall Morrison. Set Designer: Sabine Dargent.
Costume Designer: Joan O'Clery. Lighting Designer: Ben Ormerod.
Sound: Eddie Breslin.

CharacterPlayed By
Algernon MoncrieffAndrew Bennett
MerrimanDes Cave
Frank Harris/Rev. Chasuble, D.D.Ned Dennehy
Miss PrismSeam Kearns
John Worthing JPDarragh Kelly
Cecily CardewPatrick Moy
Gwendolen FairfaxTadgh Murphy
WaiterStephen O'Rourke
Oscar Wilde/OthersAlan Stanford
Men in CafeCiaran O'Brien
Men in CafeDonal McDonald
Men in CafeEric Higgins

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