Event The Importance of Being Earnest
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Venue Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
First Date 2 February 1991
Opening Date February 1991
Last Date 16 March 1991
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Part of a Tour Yes
Description A trivial comedy for serious people. A proper Englishman is caught leading a double life. Classic comedy.
Description Source Reviewer's Opinion
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Comedy
Subjects Class Issues
Melbourne Theatre Company, Production Company
Melbourne Theatre Company, Presenting Company
Australia Council for the Arts, Grant Body
The Victorian Ministry for the Arts, Grant Body
The University of Melbourne, Sponsor
Name Function Notes
Gordon Chater Actor
Ruth Cracknell Actor
Bob Hornery Actor
Monica Maughan Actor
Jane Menelaus Actor
Geoffrey Rush Actor
Rachel Szalay Actor
Andrew Tighe Actor
Katherine Crawford-Gray Assistant Stage Manager
Tony Tripp Designer
Simon Phillips Director
Jamieson Lewis Lighting Designer
Oscar Wilde Playwright
Ian Cookesley Production Manager
Kerry Saxby Sound Designer
Susan Benfer Stage Manager
Michael Trigg Tour Manager
Review: Chris Boyd, Melbourne Times, 6 February 1991
Review: Helen Thomson, The Sunday Herald, 10 February 1991
Review: John Larkin, The Sunday Age, 17 February 1991
Review: Leonard Radic, The Age, 5 February 1991
The Importance of Being Earnest
Text Nationality England
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information This production by the Melbourne Theatre Company began 13 months ago at the Playhouse at The Arts Centre. Since then it has been revived and taken on a national tour. Apart from three cast changes, it returns more or less intact. Everywhere it has played to capacity or near capacity audiences.
Data Source
Source Description
Australian & New Zealand Theatre Record February 1991
Cast List MTC Records
Event Identifier 14306