The Importance of Being Earnest

Programme for The Importance of Being Earnest

Written by Oscar Wilde

Staged by Hook Players in 2018

Directed by Hazel Bonnin

Produced by Jane Bonnin

Stage managed by Paul Teuma

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage.


Fergus Kirkham John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing, J.P.
David Burroughs-Parke Algernon Moncrieff
Caroline Ebsworth Gwendolen Fairfax
Lauren Henney Cecily Cardew
Antonia Demetriadi Lady Bracknell
Ros Shepherd Miss Prism
John Hamshare Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.
Paul Cuttle Lane
Warwick Howe Merriman
Jane Bonnin Head Parlour Maid
Lily Ebsworth Second Parlour Maid

Production team

Alex Henney Front of House
Andrew Bonnin Photography , Catering
Ann Grigg Set Design/ Painting / Stage Crew , Poster design
Beth Stanford Front of House
Carolyn Kirkham Front of House
Christina Emery Bar Manager
Elizabeth Knight Assistant Director , Wardrobe Mistress
Gerrard Lancaster Set Build / Stage Crew
Hazel Bonnin Catering
Isobel Charlewood Front of House
Jane Bonnin Additional costumes , Box Office , Front of House Manager , Catering
Jennie Barr Box Office
Jill Madgwick Front of House
John Emery Bar
Julie Hunter-Clarke Prompt
Kara Stanford Raffle
Lesley Morrison Front of House
Lily Ebsworth Front of House
Mark Bonnin Catering
Mark Thomas Sound
Marlena Eckhartt Hair , Make-up
Meg Howe Front of House
Nicholas Lancaster Set Build / Stage Crew
Pat Cooper Catering
Phil Henney Set Build
Phil Knight Sound/Lighting Design
Ros Shepherd Publicity
Teresa Lancaster Catering
Tracy Hamshare Front of House
Trevor Barkham Set Build , Lights
Trees Newsagents Box Office
Warwick Howe Props