'...shows a real talent for telling a story through the swiftness of witty song'
Even Wilde would have admired this light-hearted musical'
‘Livingstone’s book and Adam McGuinness and Zia Moranne’s score are classy and character-led.’
'...the evening flowers into
In 2011, 'The Importance Of Being Earnest - A New Musical, was premiered at RIverside Studios, Hammersmith 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 & Susie Blake taking the roles of Dr Chasuble & Miss Prism and Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Cecily, the show was a sell-out success and met with critical acclaim in the national press,
transferring to Theatre Royal Windsor. 'The Importance Of Being Earnest - A New Musical', is currently under development.
'...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 paly 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.'
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