April 2007




Being Earnest


Richard Wood


Algernon Moncrieff                 Phil Grainger

John Worthing                          David Jarman

Lady Bracknell                          Bromwyn Jennison

Gwendolen Fairfax                   Abbigail Wright

Cecily Cardew                           Holly Johnson

Miss Prism                                 Susan Neale

Rev Canon Chasuble                 John Roberts

Lane/Merriman                         Alun Nixon


Phil Grainger

I played Algernon Moncrief. 

During the run I taught myself to raise one eyebrow, as it's an expression so commonly pulled by Algy. 

I also ate 20 cucumber sandwiches per show. 100 in total throughout the run. 

I hate cucumber sandwiches! 

Dave Jarman
Dave Jarman

Mr John Worthing (Jack) - Yes, Lady Bracknell, I don't actually know who I am by birth. I was ... well, I was found. In a handbag ... in the cloakroom at Victoria Station.

Bromwyn Jennison
Bromwyn Jennison

Lady Bracknell - Found! In a handbag! You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would allow our only daughter to marry into a cloakroom and form an alliance with a parcel.

Holly Johnson/Abbigail Wright
Holly Johnson/Abbigail Wright

Cecily Cardew/The Hon Gwendolen Fairfax Do you suggest, Miss Fairfax, that I entrapped Earnest into an engagement? How dare you? This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade. I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different.

Good heavens, Lane! Why are there no cucumber sandwiches? There were no cucumbers in the market, sir. No cucumbers! Not even for ready money.

Yes, Mr Worthing, what have you got to say to me?

I rely on you to arrange my music for me, Algernon. One wants something that will encourage conversation, particularly at the end of the season when everyone has practically said whatever they had to say, which in most cases was probably not much.