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2013/14 SEASON

The Importance of Being Earnest

Gerald Barry

“Visually and dramatically, (Antony) McDonald has realised (Gerald) Barry’s surreal operatic world with wonderful precision…musically it is all delivered with as much deftness and inexhaustible energy as the manic stage business” – ★★★★★

The Guardian

“It’s hard to imagine a more colourful, witty and deliriously enjoyable staging than this”

The Sunday Times

“Vibrant colour, fun, freeze-frame lighting flashes and no dull moments… Antony McDonald makes it more than a visual treat: every choreographed movement adds to the integration of plot and music or enhances some of the absurdities… everyone rises to the occasion with hysterical results… a must-see production” – ★★★★★

Irish Times

“Hugely, riotously engaging and an absolute must-see”

Belfast Telegraph

“Work of such uncompromising brilliance from a provincial UK company is, quite simply, astounding” – ★★★★★

Opera Now

Belfast Telegraph

Hugely, riotously engaging and an absolute must-see


Cecily Cardew
Aoife Miskelly

Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax
Jessica Walker

John Worthing
Peter Tantsits

Algernon Moncrieff
Joshua Bloom

Lady Bracknell
Stephen Richardson

Miss Prism
Hilary Summers

Lane / Merriman
Christopher Cull

Dr. Chasuble
Olwen Fouéré

Creative Team

Pierre-André Valade

Director / Designer
Antony Mcdonald

Lighting Designer
DM Wood

Movement Director
Lucy Burge

Assistant Director
Danielle Urbas

Assistant Conductor
Ben Gernon

Chris Hopkins