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The Importance of Being Earnest review

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Oscar Wilde's famous 19th century comedy of manners and social etiquette was brought to life on Thursday's opening night in a sparkling new production.

The King's Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society's latest play saw the debut director's role for Grace Burton and there was not a weak link amongst them.

But it was Josh Elms, in the leading role of Lady Bracknell, who stole the show.

The Importance of Being Earnest by KLODS. Picture: KLODS
The Importance of Being Earnest by KLODS. Picture: KLODS

From Josh's grand entrance, appearing like a galleon in full sail in a billowing pink full-length taffeta gown, his confident stage presence was in sharp focus throughout.

With an excellent delivery of some classic lines, this was a star performance with bells on. It is worth the ticket price alone to see such a grand centre stage entrance of the formidable Lady Bracknell..

Of course, the audience is waiting for what is probably the most famous line of the entire play ....... "A handbag?!!" and when it comes as Lady Bracknell splutters out that iconic line while drinking her tea, it provokes roars of audience laughter.

It is hard to believe that this production is the first to be directed by Grace Burton. Miss Burton ensures the comic lines are given their best treatment and the quick delivery of lines and pace is maintained throughout.

Tomas Whybrow as Jack Worthing, playing opposite Ben Parr as Alegernon Moncrieff, bring to life the absurdities of Wilde's clever, perceptive script.

Emily Blake gives a first-class portrayal as Gwendoline Fairfax as equally impressive is Naomi Rix as Cecily Cardew. it's all so delightfully light and frothy as a cup of latte coffee.

In a sub lead roles are veteran actor John West (always good value) in the role of archetypal vicar the Rev Canon Chasuble, playing opposite the wonderful Simone Bell as governess, Miss Prism. Their partnership was a hoot and made them a firm audience favourite.

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