Importance of Being Earnest

This is a very traditional production, but none the worse for that. An almost capacity audience enjoyed themselves a great deal. Algernon and 'Jack' (Matthew Huntbach and John-Robert Partridge) gave two very good performances, and they made great use of the space – this was close to theatre-in-the-round. They energetically chased each other in pursuit of the elusive cigarette case.Miss Prism (Elaine Turrell) was a delight. You did feel that she might like to climb up Dr Chasuble – even perhaps to eat him! Jay McCabe as Dr Chasuble was suitably formal in a rather nervy way, though his mannerisms could perhaps have been a little restrained. I liked having the servant, Laine (Ciaran Brown) nicking some sherry right at the start. His manner was unchangingly lugubrious - very fitting.Lady Bracknell (Christine Hart) was firm and commanding, but her particularity could have been further developed. So much attention is given to her at several points, and a very strong even overpowering character is called for. Cecily Cardew (Catherine Prout) and Gwendoline Fairfax (Donna Cooper) – the one girlish and calculatedly spontaneous, the other firm and purposeful - were very good in their plotting scene together.The diction was of a very high standard throughout. The company seemed to relish what they were doing, which adds to the enjoyment. If there are any tickets left for the remainder of the run, I would recommend getting hold of one.

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A handbag left at Victoria Station, an imaginary friend, a wrong name, unrequited love, mistaken identities and Lady Bracknell! All the ingredients for Wilde's classic comedy of manners presented by Tread the Boards Theatre Company.

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