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Further casting announced for Classic Spring's The Importance of Being Earnest

Casting news

FURTHER casting has been announced for Classic Spring’s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, which runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from August 2 (previews from July 20) to October 20, 2018.

Joining previously announced Sophie Thompson (as Lady Bracknell) and Jeremy Swift (Revered Chasuble) will be Fiona Button (Cecily Cardew), Pippa Nixon (Gwendolyn Fairfax) and Stella Gonet (Miss Prism).

Sinead Matthews, who was to have played Gwendolyn Fairfax, has had to step down from the company due to an unavoidable scheduling clash.

Fiona Button recently starred as Rose Defoe in the hit BBC drama The Split, and her other credits for the BBC include Outcasts and Lip Service. She starred as Annabella in Michael Longhurst’s acclaimed production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and as Wendy in the RSC’s Wendy and Peter Pan.

Pippa Nixon was one of the leading lights of the RSC from 2011 to 2014, eliciting rave reviews for her performances as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Bastard in King John and Rosalind in As You Like It. She has subsequently starred as Ariel in The Tempest at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and in Sunset at the Villa Thalia at the National Theatre.

Stella Gonet made her name as Beatrice Eliott in the BBC’s much-loved 1920s costume drama, The House of Eliott. She recently starred as Margaret Thatcher in Moira Buffini’s sell-out hit Handbagged at the Hampstead Theatre and in the West End, and her other stage credits include Ophelia opposite Daniel Day Lewis’ Hamlet at the National Theatre.

Directed by Michael Fentiman, The Importance of Being Earnest is the last in a year-long series of productions at the Vaudeville Theatre celebrating the brilliant and radical wit of Oscar Wilde.

On Tuesday, October 9 at 7.15pm, The Importance of Being Earnest will be broadcast live to cinemas. For more information, visit

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An Ideal Husband continues at the Vaudeville Theatre until July 14, 2018.