Diana Rigg Not to Do Importance of Being Earnest on Broadway

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In April 2005, it was announced that Diana Rigg would play the formidable Lady Bracknell in a new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest in spring 2006.

Little has been heard about the project since and its likelihood now appears uncertain at best. A spokesman for Emanuel Azenberg said the producer is no longer attached to the production. Furthermore, nearly all Broadway theatres are spoken for through the end of the 2005-06 season, and Rigg is busy preparing to star in Honour on the West End. A different Earnest, also starring a British actress as Bracknell, is currently playing Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre. Lynn Redgrave stars in the cast of the Sir Peter Hall staging, which will later tour to a number of venues nationally including New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music. The competing Earnest is thought to have been a factor in the Rigg production not arriving in Gotham.

Joining Redgrave in the ensemble are Miriam Margolyes, Terence Rigby, Bianco Amato, Charlotte Parry, Robert Petkoff, James Waterston, Geddeth Smith, James Stephens, Greg Felden, Margaret Daly and Diane Landers.

Earnest would have been Rigg's first visit to Broadway since winning the Tony Award for her performance in Medea in 1994. She did, however, play the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1999 in two works of Racine, Phedre and Britannicus.

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