Star cast for Oscar Wilde play tour

Gwen Taylor will star as Lady Bracknell in the 2018 UK tour of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, alongside Susan Penhaligon as Miss Prism.

The tour will begin on January 24 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, ending on April 28 in Eastbourne.

In between, it will also visit Hereford, Plymouth, Belfast, Bath, Winchester, Manchester, Salisbury, Lichfield, Bromley and York.

Taylor is best known for playing the title role in the ITV sitcom Barbara, as well as roles in Coronation Street, Heartbeat, A Bit of A Do and Duty Free.

Penhaligon is currently appearing in Rufus Norris’s production of Cabaret alongside Will Young and Louise Redknapp.

She has a wide range of TV credits to her name, including Upstairs Downstairs, Tales of the Unexpected, Bergerac, A Bouquet of Barbed Wire and A Fine Romance.

Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest follows Jack Worthing’s endeavours to marry Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen – and convince Lady Bracknell of his respectability.

The UK tour is produced by Tom Hackney for The Original Theatre Company.

Pictured is Gwen Taylor as Lady Bracknell. Credit: Manual Harlan.