The Importance of Being Earnest (tour - Colchester, Mercury Theatre)
Any actress cast as Lady Bracknell has some formidable predecessors in the part with whose echoes she must contend. Diane Fletcher, all swishing skirts and perilously-perched hat, does splendidly; she cannot bring herself to contemplate a future son-in-law whose ancestry consists of that all-important handbag, much less enunciate the word. We're all waiting to see how she will out-Evans Edith Evans, and this is a brilliant solution.
The two girls, Gwendolen and Cecily, are very well contrasted. Corrinne Wicks is indeed likely to grow into a replica of her own mother; Sapphire Elia is demure in her crisp white </i>broderie anglaise</i> dress and long flowing hair, but this kitten has very sharp claws. Their suitors are perhaps a little less at ease, though both Tom Butcher} (Jack Worthing) and [Jim Alexander (Algernon Moncrieff) suggest the boredom which underlines their escapades well.
I can believe in Sarah Thomas's Miss
Prism both as a teacher and as a frustrated romantic novelist. Gerry
Hinks has great fun with the two manservants, a Jeeves-like Lane and
a doddering Merriman with more than a streak of malice in him. David
Gooderson could probably play Chasuble in his sleep; there were
occasional moments when I thought that perhaps that's just what he