Archives - The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Margaret Hakansson

Saturday 2nd – Saturday 9th May 1992 in the Auditorium

Described by Oscar Wilde as “A trivial comedy for serious people”, Importance has hardly been off a stage some time, somewhere since the first performance in 1895. Yet the wit is as crisp and sharp as when it delighted those first audiences.

Gwendoline refuses to marry Jack because his name is not Ernest. Her mother, Lady Bracknell, will not countenance him as a son-in-law because he was bred in a handbag (how should that line be said…?).

A favourite play which retains its freshness.


  • Felixstowe
    • Best Dressed Play

Part of the Barn’s 1991/1992 season and a festival entry

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Lane-Clive George
Algernon Moncrieff-Chris Minion
John (Jack) Worthing, JP-Keith Bridgeman
Lady Bracknell-Jo Davies
The Hon Gwendolen Fairfax-Julia Goodall
Cecily Cardew-Amanda Maxwell
Miss Prism-Anne Woolmington
Rev Canon Chasuble-Bryce MacGill
Merriman-James Maxwell

Creative team

Director-Margaret Hakansson
Design-John Lloyd
Lighting Design-Alan Pope
Sound-Michael Merry
Stage Manager-Norman Merry
Assistant Stage Managers-Roy Loveday
Peter Merry
Prompter-Peggy Thompson
Lighting Operator-Louis Davis
Wardrobe-Shirley Thompson
Sybil Thompson
Properties-Carolyn Annand
Jean Amato
Iris Marshall
Set Construction-John Lloyd
John Wight
Tony White
Roy Loveday
Brian Moseley
John Cook
Harrold Muncey
Brian Duffy
Eric Farlie
Norman Merry
Set Dressing-Doreen Page
Poster & Programme Cover Design-Jack Wood
Production Secretary-Belinda Putley
Hairdressing-Dianne Sells

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