Worksop: Poirot star David Suchet is Lady Bracknell in live screening of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Savoy Cinema

Famous as Agatha Christie’s brilliant detective Hercule Poirot on television, David Suchet has swapped roles – and genders – to play Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance of Being Earnest.

David Suchet as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest.
David Suchet as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest.

The play is being performed at London’s Vaudeville Theatre.

But Worksop audiences won’t have to travel to the capital to see it as a performance is being screened live at the Savoy Cinema in the town on 8th October.

The Savoy will be one of 350 cinemas across the UK and Ireland who will be screening the performance on that night.

With its high farce and witty dialogue The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play and fizzes with wit as he delights in debunking social pretensions.

Two bachelor friends, aristocratic dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the most reliable John Worthing lead double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew.

The men must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse, and the formidable Lady Bracknell.

‘I’m delighted that one of the finest plays in the English language will be broadcast live across the UK and Ireland on 8th October, entertaining theatre lovers and Oscar Wilde fans from Inverness to Ilfracombe and almost everywhere in between,” said David Suchet.

“We’re having tremendous fun with the play and look forward to sharing this with cinema audiences too.”

The play also stars Emily Barber (Billy Liar, Cornelius, The Hired Man, Fiddler on the Roof), Michael Benz (Downton Abbey, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, As You Like It), Philip Cumbus (A Touch Of Frost, My Hero, Much Ado about Nothing), Imogen Doel (The Get Out, Gastronauts, Primetime, Collaboration), Michele Dotrice (Betty in Some Mothers Do Ave ‘Em, Captain Jack, The Witches, Jane Eyre, , Richard III) and Richard O’Callaghan (Carry On Loving and Carry On at Your Convenience, Casualty, Red Dwarf, Dalziel and Pascoe).

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