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TITLE: The Importance Of Being Earnest  PLAYWRIGHT: Oscar Wilde PERFORMANCE DATES: 17th - 19th November 2016  DIRECTOR: Sadie Ashton 


John (Jack) Worthing Mike Waters Algernon Moncrieff Graeme Parker Lady Bracknell Barbara Hardcastle Gwendolen Fairfax Nicki Clay Lane David Lane Cecily Cardew Helen Lawley Miss Prism Barbara Miller Rev. Dr. Chasuble Andrew Faulkes Merriman Samuel Valentine Maid Lisa Valentine Click HERE for full Cast and Crew details Click HERE for production programme 


John (Jack) Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, is the inventor of a fictitious brother,  “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford Jack an excuse to leave his country home from  time to time and journey to London, where he visits his close friend and confidant,  Algernon Moncrieff.    Algernon has a cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, with whom Jack is deeply in love. During  his London sojourns, Jack, under the name Ernest, has won Gwendolen’s love, for she  strongly desires to marry someone with the confidence-inspiring name of Ernest. But  when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand from the formidable Lady Bracknell, Jack finds he  must reveal he is a foundling who was left in a handbag at Victoria Station. This is very  disturbing to Lady Bracknell, who insists that he produce at least one parent before she  consents to the marriage. Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily Cardew and her  governess Miss Prism, Jack finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of  the nonexistent brother Ernest.  Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily,  who has long been enamored of the mysterious, fascinating brother Ernest. With the  arrival of Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen, chaos erupts.   It is discovered that Miss Prism is the absent-minded nurse who twenty years ago  misplaced the baby of Lady Bracknell’s sister in Victoria Station. Thus Jack, whose  name is indeed Ernest, is Algernon’s elder brother, and the play ends with the two  couples in a joyous embrace.



Listen to a Radio York interview with MP member John Parker ahead of the production  who pledges to donate the raffle monies to Children In Need 


Welcome to our latest play offering... ... The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  Here we are again with our latest local 'value for money' evening out!   Finally, our long awaited production of The Importance of Being Earnest is here.   After a few false starts, and with mutton sleeves and wigs donned, we are ready to take  on Oscar Wilde's glorious play. It has been a mammoth task with regards to the scenery, requiring all three Acts to  portray three very different settings.   In addition, costumes had to be authentic and of the period.   The actors however may argue that line learning has proved the most tricky of tasks.  Some speeches resembling tongue-twisters if not delivered carefully and with clarity!  Well done to Sadie for sticking with her desire to put on 'Ernie' - she can hopefully sit  back a relax now her job is done!  I would like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to our newest  members Helen Lawley and Jack Harrison.  And finally, thank you to our audience and sponsors for your continued support and  patronage. It is, as always, greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy the play!  Nicki Clay


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