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The Importance of Being Earnest at the Harold Pinter Theatre

March 10, 2014 

An all-star cast including Nigel Havers, Sian Phillips, Martin Jarvis and Cherie Lunghi lead this revival of Oscar Wilde’s witty comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Oscar Wilde’s sparkling comedy The Importance of Being Earnest returns to the West End this summer is a brand new production directed by Lucy Bailey (Fortune’s Fool) and designed by William Dudley.

Lucy Bailey’s production imagines a fictional Bunbury Players putting on the show, as they have done for decades! The players may be getting older and older, but they have grown into the roles, with hilarious effect!

Running from 27 June to 20 September 2014 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, the production features a dazzling cast of some of Britain’s best-loved stage and screen stars.


An all-star cast features Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered) as Miss Prism, Niall Buggy (Uncle Vanya) as Reverend Chasuble, Nigel Havers (Downton Abbey) as Algernon, Martin Jarvis (Endeavour) as Jack, Christine Kavanagh (Basket Case) as Cecily, Cherie Lunghi (The Manageress) as Gwendolen and Siân Phillips (Marlene) as Lady Bracknell.


Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece opens as two bachelors, the dependable John Worthing J.P. and upper class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, create different identities for themselves in order to pursue two eligible young ladies: Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax. The hilarious misadventures which result from their subterfuge, including brushes with the inimitable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism, makes for a plot full of twists and some of the wittiest and most sparkling dialogue ever written for the stage.

OLIVIER AWARDS – Best Comedy Winners

June 14, 2010 

OLIVIER AWARDS – Best Comedy Winners

Best New Comedy

2010 The Priory
2009 God of Carnage
2008 Rafta Rafta
2007 John Buchan’s The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon
2006 Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras translated by Tom Stoppard

Best Comedy

2003 The Lieutenant Of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh
2002 The Play What I Wrote by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben
2001 Stones In His Pockets by Marie Jones
2000 The Memory Of Water by Shelagh Stephenson
1999 Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle And Dick by Terry Johnson
1998 Popcorn by Ben Elton
1997 Art by Yasmina Reza
1996 Mojo by Jez Butterworth
1995 My Night With Reg by Kevin Elyot
1994 Hysteria by Terry Johnson
1993 The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright
1992 La Bête by David Hirson
1991 Out Of Order by Ray Cooney
1989/90 Single Spies by Alan Bennett
1988 Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell
1987 Three Men On A Horse by John Cecil Holm and George Abbott
1986 When We Are Married by J.B. Priestley
1985 A Chorus Of Disapproval by Alan Ayckbourn
1984 Up’N’Under by John Godber
1983 Daisy Pulls It Off by Denise Deegan
1982 Noises Off by Michael Frayn
1981 Steaming by Nell Dunn
1980 Educating Rita by Willy Russell
1979 Middle Age Spread by Roger Hall
1978 Filumena by Eduardo de Filippo, adapted by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
1977 Privates On Parade by Peter Nichols
1976 Donkey’s Years by Michael Frayn

Best Comedy Performance

1995 Niall Buggy for Dead Funny
1994 Griff Rhys Jones for An Absolute Turkey
1993 Simon Cadell for Travels With My Aunt
1992 Desmond Barrit for The Comedy Of Errors
1991 Alan Cumming for Accidental Death Of An Anarchist
1989/90 Michael Gambon for Man Of The Moment
1988 Alex Jennings for Too Clever By Half
1987 John Woodvine for The Henrys
1986 Bill Fraser for When We Are Married
1985 Michael Gambon for A Chorus Of Disapproval
1984 Maureen Lipman for See How They Run
1983 Griff Rhys Jones for Charley’s Aunt
1982 Geoffrey Hutchings for Poppy
1981 Rowan Atkinson for Rowan Atkinson in Revue
1980 Beryl Reid for Born In The Gardens
1979 Barry Humphries for A Night With Dame Edna
1978 Ian McKellen for The Alchemist
1977 Denis Quilley for Privates On Parade
1976 Penelope Keith for Donkey’s Years

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