Bishop Auckland-based company to set off on its first tour

Published: 17 February 2022
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Jamie Brown (Jack Worthing) & Sarah Boulter (Gwendolen Fairfax)
Charlotte Ryder (Cecily Cardew) & Jacob Anderton (Algernon Moncrieff)
Arabella Arnott (Lady Bracknell)

Bishop Auckland-based HangFire Theatre is to tour a new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest to six venues next month.

The production is adapted and directed by the company’s artistic director Rory Stuart, and the cast members are:

Jacob Anderton as Algernon Moncrieff. He returns to HangFire having previously appeared in its original production of The Importance of Being Earnest at Gala Durham (although he played Jack in that version!) Other theatre credits include Rainbird (Cloud Nine Theatre), The Frights (Alphabetti) and Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth for Theatre Space NE. His Film and TV credits include Dark Angel and Coronation Street (ITV), 13 Graves, Ripper Untold and The Code.

Arabella Arnott plays both Lady Bracknell and Miss Prism. She recently appeared in POD (Alphabetti / Coracle) which she also wrote. Other stage credits include Maggie’s End, Betrayal and The Lady in the Van (Gala Durham), Men, Women, Inspectors and Dogs (Cloud Nine / Newcastle Theatre Royal), BlueGiro (Open Clasp), Raising the Stakes (The Customs House) and Down to Zero, Continuum and The Rooms (Alphabetti / Coracle)

Sarah Boulter plays Gwendolen Fairfax. Previous HangFire credits include A Doll’s House and The Twelve Pound Look. Recent theatre credits include Our Laygate (The Customs House), One of a Kind (Elysium Theatre), Teechers (Gala Durham / York Theatre Royal), Raising Shame (BRASH Theatre), A Viking Christmas (Queens Hall / Alnwick Playhouse), Heroines of the Holocaust (Gosforth Civic Theatre / NTC), The Great Joe Wilson (Wisecrack Productions / Darlington Hippodrome), Bankers (Alphabetti) and The Cinder Path and Waiting for Gateaux (ION Productions).

Jamie Brown plays Jack Worthing. He returns to HangFire Theatre having previously appeared in A Doll’s House. Other theatre credits include Hadaway Harry (Newcastle Theatre Royal) and The Man and the Donkey and When the Boat Comes In (The Customs House) for which he was named Performing Artist of the Year at the Journal Culture Awards.

Charlotte Ryder plays Cecily Cardew. Her recent theatre credits include Meggie Magicia (Alphabetti), Orville (Out On The Toon / Northern Stage), War of the Worlds (Northern Stage) for which she was nominated for Best Performance in the Journal Culture Awards 2019, One More Sleep (Gala Durham) and ROAD, The Taming of the Shrew and The Long Road (Project A at Newcastle Theatre Royal).

The Importance of Being Earnest tours to:

The Customs House, South Shields
Wednesday 16 March, 7:30PM
Box Office: 0191 454 1234

Queens Hall, Hexham
Thursday 17 March, 7:30PM
Box Office: 01434 652 477

Middlesbrough Theatre
Friday 18 March, 7:30PM
Box Office: 01642 815 181

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Saturday 19 March, 2:30PM & 7:30PM
Box Office: 01748 825 252

Waterside Arts Centre, Greater Manchester
Tuesday 22 March, 7:30PM
Box Office: 0161 912 5616

New Theatre Royal, Lincoln
Wednesday 23 March, 7:30PM
Box Office: 01522 519999

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