David Suchet is to star in West End producer Kim Poster’s new production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

David Suchet to play Lady Bracknell

David Suchet to play Lady Bracknell

Timed for June 2015, the production would see Suchet and Poster team up again following Poster’s Apollo shows of Long Day’s Journey Into Night and All My Sons starring David Suchet.

The pair also worked together on the award-winning production of Amadeus at the Old Vic and on Broadway in 1998.

Suchet will be donning the petticoats and perfecting his “handbag” for Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, playing the part of Lady Bracknell.

The play will be directed by former RSC artistic director Adrian Noble and kick off previews on 24 June 2015.

This news follows the rumours and subsequent denial from Stephen Fry that he would be playing Lady Bracknell in a David Pugh production in the West End in 2015.

David Suchet is one of the UK’s most respected stage and screen actors. His award-winning TV performance as Agatha Christie’s Poirot from 1989 to 2013 has made him a star all over the world.

The West End will see a new production of The Importance of Being Earnest before Suchet’s, when Lucy Bailey directs Nigel Havers, Sian Phillips, Martin Jarvis and Cherie Lunghi at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 27 June 2014.

There is no further information on a theatre or casting at this stage – check back for details.