NEWS: Casting Announced for New Digital Production of The Importance of Being Earnest

Full casting for the co-production between  the Lawrence Batley Theatre and The Dukes has been confirmed.

Streaming from the 19th April until the 4th May, Oscar Wilde’s play has been adapted by Yasmeen Khan for a new contemporary production.

It has been announced that Mina Anwar’s production is set to star Gurjeet Singh (Ackley Bridge, Wuthering Heights) Tom Dixon (Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet) Mina Anwar (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, The Thin Blue Line) Nikki Patel (Trojan HorseCoronation Street), Zoe Iqbal (Finding Fatimah, Ackley Bridge) and Melanie Marshall (Jane Eyre); with appearances from finalist of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Divina De Campo, star of stage and screen Paul Chahidi, award-winning actor, comedian and writer Hugh Dennis, actress Harriet Thorpe (Absolutely Fabulous) and  comedian Sindhu Vee.

This new production is set to transport Oscar Wilde’s play to the cobbles and stone
walls of the north and follows the story of struggling actor Jamil and rom-com star Algy, who
come together in the pursuit of love, being true to yourself and Nando’s.

Meanwhile, the creative team for the production includes costume & set design by Holly Pigott, sound design by Dave Bintley, lighting design by Douglas Kuhrt and assistant direction from Eleri Jones and Olivia Race.

Mina Anwar, director and star of The Importance of Being Earnest comments: “I’m delighted to
be directing and acting in this brilliant adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being
Earnest’ by Yasmeen Khan. This is my homage to the perfect hybrid of theatre and television,
the studio sitcom. Set in the acting world, Yasmeen has blended the wit, the farce and the
fabulous characters of Wilde’s original with a hilarious, contemporary and distinctively
Northern flavour. To tell this story we have brought together an extraordinary team of
theatre and film makers. We cannot wait to share it with the world”

The new and modern take on The Importance of Being Earnest is set to be filmed at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and The Dukes in Lancaster.

The Importance of Being Earnest will be streamed from the 19th April until the 4th May. Tickets are £12 and available by visiting:

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