Redgrave-Hall L.A. Earnest to Tour U.S., Reach New York

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The upcoming Ahmanson Theatre staging of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Sir Peter Hall and starring Lynn Redgrave, will tour the U.S. after playing Los Angeles.

Redgrave told Playbill.com columnist Harry Haun, "We're opening in the middle of January at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles, and then we'll go on a short tour to Columbus, Chicago, New Haven, Boston and then, for a week, BAM [Brooklyn Academy of Music]."

The Center Theatre Group production of the Oscar Wilde classic is scheduled to run Jan. 17-March 5, 2006 at the Ahmanson.

Redgrave will take on the role of Lady Bracknell. 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.

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