High society cast for Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Albert Halls, Bolton

High society cast for Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Albert Halls, Bolton

Coronation Streets’ Vicky Entwistle and Dean Fagan are joined by Melissa Lowe, Jack Hardwick, Dan Sheader and Elizabeth Twells to perform in the Octagon Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest – with further casting to be announced soon

The Octagon Theatre closes its 2018/19 season with Oscar Wilde’s sensational and lavish tale of witty comedy directed by Suba Das, Artistic Director of HighTide Festival. The production will be running from Thu 6 June – Sat 15 June 2019 at the Albert Halls, Bolton whilst the Octagon Theatre building is undergoing a major redevelopment.

Bachelors and best friends Jack and Algernon create alter egos to escape their tiresome lives. However when they both fall in love and attempt to win the hearts of two women the pair become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. A Victorian satire on social obligations, The Importance of Being Earnest is heralded as one of the funniest plays ever written and has delighted audiences for over 100 years.

The Octagon Theatre are thrilled to announce a superb cast of celebrated stage and screen actors including Coronation Street’s Vicky Entwistle who will be taking on the role of governess Miss Prism. She will be joined on stage by another Coronation Street alumni Dean Fagan who is playing the seemingly responsible and respectable Jack Worthing. The charming and idle bachelor Algernon Moncrieff will be played by Jack Hardwick (The Inheritance, Noel Coward Theatre 2019, Long Day’s Journey into Night, West End 2018).

Elizabeth Twells (Death of a Salesman, Royal Exchange, 2018) plays the strong-willed and sophisticated Gwendolen Fairfax joined by Melissa Lowe (The Cat in the Hat, Leicester Curve & Tour, 2019) as Cecily Cardew. Dan Sheader (Old Ground, Organised Chaos Productions, 2017) takes on the roles of butler Merriman and manservant Lane.

Further casting to be announced soon.

Joining director Suba Das the creative team includes celebrated Set & Costume designer David Woodhead who recently designed Nativity UK Tour, Titanic UK Tour and Little Miss Sunshine UK Tour. The lighting design will be by Prema Mehta whose designs include lighting at the O2 Arena, Latitude Festival, Liverpool Everyman and Derby Theatre.

The Octagon Theatre building will reopen early in 2020 with new and improved facilities that will ensure the Octagon delivers world -class theatre in Bolton in a theatre for the future. The Octagon Theatre’s programme for autumn/winter 2019 to be announced in May.

The Importance of Being Earnest will run from Thu 6 June – Sat 15 June at the Albert Halls Bolton

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For press enquiries please contact Charlie Rachwal on: 01204 556505 or charlie.rachwal@octagonbolton.co.uk