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The Importance of Being Earnest at Furzey Gardens in Minstead

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A CAST of West End actors will bring Oscar Wilde to Furzey Gardens in Minstead with a 12-night run of The Importance of Being Earnest.

After first appearing in the New Forest last year when theatres remained closed, the London Touring Players will return to the beautiful outdoor setting between 24th August and 4th September.

The cast, which includes performers from London’s West End, National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, will bring to life Oscar Wilde’s collection of colourful characters and witty encounters.

Past production shots from London Touring players (50062429)
Past production shots from London Touring players (50062429)

London Touring Players producer Marcel Bruneau said: “The beautiful gardens promise to chime with the elegance of Wilde’s world in this dynamic production, suitable for all the family. Expect comedy, magic and riotous live music hall punctuating the action.”

Last year London Touring Players presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet in the woods of the Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu, and at Christmas enchanted audiences with A Christmas Carol against the backdrop of the Beaulieu Abbey ruins.

Furzey Gardens is run by Minstead Trust (47974161)
Furzey Gardens is run by Minstead Trust (47974161)

Director Abbey Wright said: “The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the funniest plays ever written. It flies along at a great pace and is a joyful and mischievous celebration of love. The Furzey Gardens setting is incredibly pretty and magical as night falls.

“Brought to you by a company of world class actors from London’s West End, this production will feature music hall songs performed live throughout, romance and high comedy. It will be a joyous and uplifting evening out for the whole family, in a Covid-secure, socially distanced, open air setting.”

Past production shots from London Touring players (50062431)
Past production shots from London Touring players (50062431)

Alasdair Buchan, playing Algernon, said: “The greatest joy of the past year has been coming to Beaulieu to create unique and magical productions in these stunning settings. I’m honoured to have been asked back to appear in such an iconic play and share the remarkable wit and riotous nonsense of Wilde’s world with audiences.”

Tickets are £19 for adults, £14 for children or £59 for a family of four. For more information and bookings visit www.minsteadtrust.org.uk/earnest

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