'...shows a real talent for telling a story through the swiftness of witty song'
'...It's songs could have been written by Wilde himself: they are witty, tell a story, are perfectly in keeping with the era and the original play and provide some of the funniest moments...if it doesn't go into the West End, as is rumoured, London's theatreland will be the worse for it.'
UK Theatre Network
'Even Wilde would have admired this light-hearted musical'
'...the evening flowers into
‘Livingstone’s book and Adam McGuinness and Zia Moranne’s score are classy and character-led.’
In 2011, our theatre production company, Bunbury Productions took one of the most well-respected works of english literature, 'The Importance Of Being Earnest' and turned it into a musical, with book & lyrics by award-winning writer Douglas Livingstone and original music by Adam McGuinness & Zia Moranne. Under the direction of RSC director Iqbal Khan, and with Gyles Brandreth playing the iconic Lady Bracknell, Edward Petherbridge and Susie Blake taking the roles of Dr Chasuble and Miss Prism and Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Cecily, our highly original show was a sell-out success at Riverside Studios and met with critical acclaim in the national press,
transferring to Theatre Royal Windsor. After a period of further development, 'The Importance Of Being Earnest - A New Musical', is set to return in 2018.Watch this space!