Sir Peter Hall will direct the Center Theatre Group production of the Oscar Wilde classic scheduled to run Jan. 17-March 5, 2006 at the California company's Ahmanson stage.
Redgrave will take on the role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. The Wilde tale set in 1890s England focuses on a gentleman who assumes the role of his fictitious brother Ernest in order to enjoy himself in the city without ruining his reputation at his country estate. Mistaken identity ensues in the classic tale.
A member of one of five generations of actors in her family, Redgrave is known for her Tony Award-nominated one-woman show, Shakespeare for My Father. Other credits included Talking Heads, The Exonerated, The Mandrake Root, Black Comedy, Aren't We All, Moon Over Buffalo and another Tony nominated turn in Mrs. Warren's Profession. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the film "Gods and Monsters," her second nod after her title role in "Georgy Girl."
The actress currently stars as Mrs. Culver to Kate Burton's titular Constance Middleton in the Roundabout Theatre Company presentation of W. Somerset Maugham's classic The Constant Wife. Mark Brokaw directs the new staging which also stars Michael Cumpsty, John Dossett, Enid Graham, Kathryn Meisle, Denis Holmes, John Ellison Conlee and Kathleen McNenny.
The new season at CTG's Ahmanson will launch with Sidney Kingsley's Dead End (Aug. 28-Oct. 16) then Greg Morrison, Lisa Lambert, Bob Martin and Don McKellar's new musical The Drowsy Chaperone (Nov. 8-Dec. 24) before The Importance of Being Earnest plays (Jan. 17-March 5, 2006). Next up will be the special events Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake (March 8-19, 2006) and Dame Edna: Back With A Vengeance (March 28-April 9, 2006) as well as Robert Wilson, Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs' The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets (April 22-June 11, 2006) and a new pre-Broadway musical to be announced. Subscriptions are currently available for the season at the Ahmanson, 135 North Grand Ave. in Los Angeles, CA, by calling (213) 628-2772 or visit www.TaperAhmanson.com.