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Earnest to make a return to the stage with KLODS

King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society (KLODS) are performing the classic Oscar Wilde comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, this autumn.

This traditional version of this three-act play is performed as the writer intended, covering the playful lives of the two young men whose lives are more closely linked than expected, and a family with a secret yet to be uncovered.

Jack and Algernon are wealthy gentlemen. Jack (known to Algernon as Ernest) lives a respectable life in the country providing an example to his young ward Cecily.

The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest with KLODS
The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest with KLODS

Algernon lives in luxury in London and has invented an imaginary invalid friend (Bunbury) whom he visits in the country whenever an unappealing social engagement presents itself.

Jack has also invented a character – a wayward younger brother called Ernest whom he uses as pretext for going up to London and enjoying himself.

Jack wants to marry Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen, but must first convince her mother, Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents.

For Jack, having been abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station, this is quite a difficult task.

Thus is set the scene for classic English farce with lots of deception, both unintended and intentional, plus boy meeting girl, boy losing girl, and it all ends happily for the confused lovers.

The cast includes John Worthing as Tom Whybrow, Ben Parr as Algy, Naomi Rix as Cecily Cardew, Emily Blake as the thoroughly confused Gwendolen (who will only marry someone called Ernest and who has got it into her head that John is an Ernest), Simone Bell as Miss Prism, and in a piece of casting perhaps inspired by the musical Hairspray where the grande dame was played in drag, Josh Elms is the pretentious snob Lady Bracknell.

The show is on at the Guildhall on Thursday, October 17 to Saturday, October 19, 7.30pm; with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £10 for all performances and available from the Alive Corn Exchange on 01553 764864.

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