Ely actors earnestly stage an Oscar Wilde play

Ely Amateur Dramatic Society present The Importance of Being Earnest

Ely Amateur Dramatic Society present The Importance of Being Earnest - Credit: Archant

An amateur dramatic society is celebrating its 130th year by staging a play by Oscar Wilde.

Ely Amateur Dramatic Society present The Importance of Being Earnest

Ely Amateur Dramatic Society present The Importance of Being Earnest - Credit: Archant

The Ely ADS will stage Importance of Being Earnest in the first week of March.

The first Ely ADS production was way back in 1888, before this Oscar Wilde play was written.

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Wilde’s comedies.

It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives.

Ely Amateur Dramatic Society present The Importance of Being Earnest

Ely Amateur Dramatic Society present The Importance of Being Earnest - Credit: Archant


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They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.

The play is most famous for the domineering and battle-axe character of Lady Bracknell, which has recently become fashionable to be played by a man as well as a woman (most recently by David Suchet).

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Bringing his own unique interpretation to Lady Bracknell in Ely ADS’s production is Chris Hudson.

The cast also includes Jon Bolderson, Emily Howe, Natalie Burton, Sue Harrison, Shelley Gunn, Matt Harvey, Tony Ransome, Graham Stark, Ellen Olley and Melody Grace.

• The show runs from Thursday March 1 to Saturday March 3 at 7.30pm at The Maltings, Ely. Tickets are £11 from box office, Burrows Bookshop, Ely 01353 669759) and online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/elyamateurdramaticsociety. There is a 95p booking fee.

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