Published On: Fri, Aug 21st, 2015

Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ comes to theaters for 120th anniversary

Oscar Wilde’s classic play, The Importance of Being Earnest,” comes to select. U.S. movie theaters for a special one-night event on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. local time, presented by Fathom Events and More2Screen.

To mark the 120th anniversary of this iconic play, it will be captured live on October 8, 2015, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and broadcast to select cinemas nationwide for U.S. fans to enjoy. In addition to the play, the event will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with David Suchet who plays Lady Bracknell.

One of Britain’s most respected actors on stage, screen and television, David Suchet is best known with audiences around the world for his role as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, in the hit TV series “Poirot.”

Tickets for “The Importance of Being Earnest” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

David Suchet says, “I’m delighted that ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest,’ one of the finest plays in the English language, will be screened in movie theatres across the U.S. on November 3. Oscar Wilde toured America on several occasions and it is fitting that his greatest masterpiece should be shared with his many fans across the pond in its 120th anniversary year.”

Cast photo from "The Importance of Being Earnest" photo Nobby Clark, courtesy of Fathom Events

Cast photo from “The Importance of Being Earnest” photo Nobby Clark, courtesy of Fathom Events

With its high farce and witty dialogue “The Importance of Being Earnest” is Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play and fizzes with satire as he delights in debunking social pretensions. Two bachelor friends, aristocratic dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the most reliable John Worthing, J.P., lead double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell, played by Suchet.

The play also stars Emily Barber (Billy Liar, Cornelius, The Hired Man), Michael Benz (Downton Abbey, Hamlet, As You Like It), Philip Cumbus (A Touch Of Frost, My Hero, Hope and Glory), Imogen Doel (The Get Out, Gastronauts), Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do Ave ‘Em, Captain Jack, The Witches) and Richard O’Callaghan (Carry On Loving and Carry On at Your Convenience, Casualty).

“’The Importance of Being Earnest’ has remained relevant to both old and new audiences throughout the years and Fathom is pleased to celebrate the 120th anniversary of this time-honored play by bringing this production to the big screen,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh.

Christine Costello, Managing Director of More2Screen comments: “We are pleased to be working once again with our long-term US distribution partner, Fathom Events, on this exciting theatre project. ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ is both a well-known classic and stars the instantly recognizable David Suchet – a winning combination for this big screen release.”

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