Poirot and the case of hilarious misunderstanding

Yesterday, I had the theatrical experience of a lifetime as I watched one of my favourite actors play a part in one of my all-time favourite plays. I was lucky enough to catch a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, starring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell.

Wilde’s plays never disappoint, in fact you don’t have time to be disappointed as you are keeping up with the lightning-fast dialogue. This production of it was no exception. Perfectly cast, and excellently produced, it was a great show all round. The heavily promoted performance by Suchet as the intimidating Lady Bracknell is of course the highlight of the show, and the main reason for many audience members buying their ticket, judging by the round of applause Suchet gets just by entering the stage in his best Victorian finery.

While the show plays to the absurd a little too much, with a lot of time devoted to the physical comedy of eating a plateful of muffins, the cleverness of the script is still not downplayed.

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