The Importance of Being Earnest

Seen October 8 2015, Haydn English Cinema Vienna

Written by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Adrian Noble

This is my shortest review so far: this play was exactly what it said on the tin. The Importance of Being Earnest is always funny. David Suchet was a good Lady Bracknell, all other performances were solid with Michele Dotrice’s Miss Prism stealing the show. If this isn’t your first time seeing this play, it is nothing worth writing home (or online) about though.

To misquote Lady Bracknell (rather badly): one intermission is a necessity, to have two is overindulgence. I’m pretty sure the set designer could have found a way to spare us the second one. The live broadcast already started later than usual, so adding a second intermission meant we got to go home later than we did when they showed Hamlet or Coriolanus which are after all Shakespeare’s longest plays.

Just in case anyone else wondered where they had seen Michael Benz before (we did) and didn’t get around to looking him up: he was The Globe On Tour’s Hamlet a few years back, and a good one at that.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

3 November 2014
Trafalgar Studios, London

By Merlin Holland and John O’Connor
based on the original words spoken in court during the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde

Cast: John Gorick, Rupert Mason, William Kempsell

Directed by Peter Craze

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