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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

2009 Season Casting Announcement


In a press release the Stratford Shakespeare Festival announced that Brian Bedford has been cast as Lady Bracknell in next season's The Importance of Being Earnest. Also cast are Sara Topham as Gwendolyn, Ben Carlson as Jack, Mike Shara (formerly from the Shaw Festival) as Algernon, and Stephen Ouimette as Rev. Canon Chasuble. The show will be designed by Desmond Heely.

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Brian Bedford is also directing Earnest, so casting himself as Lady Bracknell may be a tip of his hat to the late stage giant William Hutt, who played the role in much-acclaimed productions in the 1970's.

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