REVIEW: Pendle Borderline ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

It may be more than 100 years old, but Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest can still brings lots of laughs – especially when it is staged as effectively as Pendle Borderline is doing this week at the Muni in Colne.

Friday, 19th November 2010, 1:56 pm

It has been directed by Helen Christie, and she has put together a great cast. The costumes and stage setting are an asset and there is some good technical work, too.

There is an immaculate performance from Simon Robinson as Algernon, full of character and comedy.

Adrian Hartley, as Jack Worthing, is also superb, Eleanor Jolley creates a dominant, Thatcherish Lady Bracknell, and Frances Spencer is a charming Gwendolen.

Rosie Butler cleverly plays Cecily, with Keilli Broome as Miss Prism and Tony Cummings as Canon Chausable.

There is a double role for Gordon Ingleby - he is Algernon’s butler Lane, then Jack’s doddery Merriman. Eddie Burgess is the footman.

You can see The Importance of Being Earnest at the Muni tonight and tomorrow at 7-30 p.m.