Cast Set for Peter Hall Importance of Being Earnest at BAM

By Robert Simonson
March 17, 2006

The cast for Peter Hall's production of The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Lynn Redgrave, due at the Brooklyn Academy of Music April 18-May 14, has been announced.

As previously reported, Redgrave will take on the role of Lady Bracknell. Joining her are Miriam Margolyes (Miss Prism), Terence Rigby (Rev. Canon Chasuble) James Waterston (Jack Worthing), Robert Petkoff (Algernon Moncrieff), Bianca Amato (Gwendolen Fairfax), Charlotte Parry (Cecily Cardew), Geddeth Smith (Merriman), James Stephens (Lane) and Greg Felden (Footman).

Production design is by Kevin and Trish Rigdon. Sound design is by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.

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.

Earnest played the Ahmanson Theatre Jan. 17-March 5, 2006.