The inaugural production from Immersion Theatre, in 2010, was Oscar Wilde’as riotous comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Now, eight years later, and an awful lot of top quality shows under their belts, this award-nominated company is returning to its roots with a brand new production that will be touring the UK this summer.
Pack your cucumber sandwiches and get ready to go Bunburying with the cast of Oscar Wilde’s trivial comedy for serious people.
Rory Fairbairn and Rhys Whiteside will be playing foppish bachelors, Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing, who lead double lives in a bid to keep partying.
Rory has previously performed with Immersion in their production of critically-acclaimed UK Tour of Journey’s End as has Rhys who has just completed Immersion’s Spring tour of The Jungle Book.
They are joined by Stephanie de Whalley as Wilde’s terrifying matriarch, Lady Bracknell.
Stephanie has previously performed in How to Hide a Lion for the Oxford Playhouse and Somewhere in England at the New Wimbledon Theatre as well as appearing at the Sam Wanamaker Festival.
She will be joined by Annabel York as Gwendolen Fairfax and Grace Brightwell as Cecily Cardew.
The cast is completed by Zena Carswell, as Miss Prism, and Immersion Theatre stalwart, Dan Dawes, who performed in the original production, plays Dr Chasuble.
Dan has also performed in Immersion’s Journey’s End, Taming of the Shrew and The Revenger’s Tragedy for which he was nominated for an Off West End award for Best Actor.
The Importance is adapted, and will be directed, by Immersion’s founder and artistic director, James Tobias with music by Rob Gathercole.
Said James: “Earnest holds a very special place in my heart as it was the first title Immersion produced so I can’t wait to re-visit this show so many years on as a more experienced and rounded director.
“Unlike our 2010 production, we’re going traditional with this interpretation, playing up the farcical elements of this wonderfully witty piece.
“It lends itself perfectly to the nature of an open-air tour, where audiences sit under the stars in a spectacular setting, eating picnics, having a glass of bubbly, and watching theatre.
“I want to create a laugh-out-loud production which is fun and accessible. We have a fantastic cast, gorgeous costumes, and I can’t wait to get started”.
July 20, LYDIARD PARK, SWINDON
July 21, EARSHAM HALL, SUFFOLK
July 22, MILTON COUNTRY PARK, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
July 23, MOTTISFONT (NATIONAL TRUST), HAMPSHIRE
July 25, DUDMASTON, SHROPSHIRE
July 26, HATCHLANDS PARK SURREY
July 27, LANGLEY PARK, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
July 28, STATION HILL FESTIVAL, READING
July 29, MARKS HALL GARDENS & ARBORETUM, COGGESHALL
August 2, RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR, YORKSHIRE
August 3, NORTON PRIORY MUSEUM & GARDENS, CHESHIRE
August 5, OAK HILL PARK, GREATER LONDON
August 7, UPNOR CASTLE, KENT
August 8, WESTENHANGER CASTLE, KENT
August 11, SUFFOLK PUNCH TRUST, SUFFOLK
August 12, BEDFORD PARK, BEDFORD.