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Julia Gregory, Acting News Editor
Thursday, June 14, 2012
One of the most famous props in theatrical history must be a handbag left at Victoria Station - with a baby in it.
The handbag plays a pivotal role in the action of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest which is set to entertain crowds at Danson House in Bexleyheath.
The Pantaloons theatre company are performing the show at the eighteenth century house on Thursday June 28 - for their first production there.
Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners is one of the best-loved plays, packed with witty lines which are just as funny now as when the play was first performed in 1895.
The action concerns a complicated tissue of lies Earnest employs to avoid the conventions of society.
He is well liked but finds himself in a pickle as Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to him.
But to make matters more complicated Earnest does not in fact exist.
Best friends Jack and Algy have both created alter-egos to win the affections of their sweethearts but their scheme looks set to be uncovered.
The Pantaloons’ energetic new production adds a few contemporary twists to this perennially popular play and before the show even starts, the audience’s needs will be met a team of efficient butlers who will help direct people to their seats, announce their arrival, open their champagne and maybe even shine their shoes.
Director Mark Hayward said: “This is not just a retread of an old standard.
“This is a show crammed full of imagination. We’ve taken influence from silent film, Victorian music hall and contemporary physical theatre to compliment Wilde’s brilliant words.”
Mr Hayward added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be coming to such a beautiful location as Danson. It’s the perfect setting for this classic show.”
Audiences are invited to bring cucumber sandwiches and champagne and something to sit on for the show.
Gates open at 6pm and the play begins at 7.30pm. Tickets costs £8 to £12 from the box office on 01322 621238 or www.thepantaloons.co.uk
The performance will carry on in all weather “except a full tempest.”