Classic Spring has announced initial casting for its final Oscar Wilde production in its season at the Vaudeville Theatre. 

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Playing at the Vaudeville Theatre from the 20th July, it has been announced that Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson as Lady Bracknell in Michael Fentiman’s upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy.

She will be joined on stage by Jeremy Swift in the role of Reverend Chasuble and Sinéad Matthews as Gwendolyn Fairfax.

Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners.

Sophie Thompson won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for Into the Woods (1999). She was most recently seen on stage in Guys and Dolls at the Chichester Festival Theatre and the West End. Her numerous film credits include appearances in Four Weddings and a FuneralEmma,Gosford Park and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. 

Jeremy Swift is known to television audiences for his role in Downton Abbey (ITV), playing the butler, Septimus Spratt. His theatre credits include: The Railway Children (King’s Cross Theatre), Abigail’s Party (West End) and What the Butler Saw (National Theatre).

Sinéad Matthews is currently at the National Theatre in Absolute Hell. Her recent theatre credits include Ivan van Hove’s Hedda GablerBlurred Lines (National Theatre), Pests(Royal Exchange, Royal Court, UK Tour) and The Changeling (Young Vic).

As well as being directed by Michael Fentiman (Joe Orton’s Loot (Park Theatre/Watermill Theatre), the creative team for the production also includes: designs by Madeleine Girling and  costume design by  Gabriella Slade.

The Importance of Being Earnest will play at the Vaudeville Theatre from the 20th July until the 20th October. To book tickets click here or visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, See Tickets, Encore Tickets, Love Theatre.com, From the Box Office, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk

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