Clever lines brought to life by cast

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REVIEW: The Importance of Being Earnest, at Alnwick Playhouse, Saturday, June 1.

‘To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.’

With this hilarious aphorism, Lady Bracknell epitomises the pithy satire and clever writing that make Oscar Wilde’s classic play a comedy that still rings true today well over a century after it was first performed.

And while this line is one of the most famous, and one of my favourites, it is but one of many that litter the script with all of the characters pronouncing their views on everything from love to marriage to life and death.

All of the lines were delivered well allowing the humour to breathe on Saturday in this London Classic Theatre production by a cast that really looked like it was enjoying itself.

Judging by the laughs from the fairly full auditorium, I wasn’t the only one that thought so.

Carmen Rodriguez, as Lady Bracknell, was excellent at delivering her pronouncemnts, while Felicity Houlbrooke, as Cecily, was full of youthful excitement and exuberance.

Algie, played by Harry Livingstone, was the classic man about town, but perhaps most acclaim should go to Richard Stemp, who had few lines but expressed so much as both butlers – upright and smart in the first half as Lane and dishevelled as Merriman in the second.

by Ben O’Connell