Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Celebrates 120th Anniversary With Special U.S. Cinema Broadcast From London’s Vaudeville Theatre
Fathom Events and More2Screen Present This Popular Production, Starring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell, for One Night on November 3
DENVER – August 17, 2015 – Oscar Wilde’s classic play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” comes to select. U.S. movie theaters for a special one-night event on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. local time, presented by Fathom Events and More2Screen. To mark the 120th anniversary of this iconic play, it will be captured live on October 8, 2015, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and broadcast to select cinemas nationwide for U.S. fans to enjoy. In addition to the play, the event will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with David Suchet who plays Lady Bracknell. One of Britain’s most respected actors on stage, screen and television, David Suchet is best known with audiences around the world for his role as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, in the hit TV series “Poirot.”
Tickets for “The Importance of Being Earnest” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
David Suchet says, “I’m delighted that ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest,’ one of the finest plays in the English language, will be screened in movie theatres across the U.S. on November 3. Oscar Wilde toured America on several occasions and it is fitting that his greatest masterpiece should be shared with his many fans across the pond in its 120th anniversary year.”
With its high farce and witty dialogue “The Importance of Being Earnest” is Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play and fizzes with satire as he delights in debunking social pretensions. Two bachelor friends, aristocratic dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the most reliable John Worthing, J.P., lead double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell, played by Suchet.
The play also stars Emily Barber (Billy Liar, Cornelius, The Hired Man), Michael Benz (Downton Abbey, Hamlet, As You Like It), Philip Cumbus (A Touch Of Frost, My Hero, Hope and Glory), Imogen Doel (The Get Out, Gastronauts), Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do Ave ‘Em, Captain Jack, The Witches) and Richard O’Callaghan (Carry On Loving and Carry On at Your Convenience, Casualty).
“’The Importance of Being Earnest’ has remained relevant to both old and new audiences throughout the years and Fathom is pleased to celebrate the 120th anniversary of this time-honored play by bringing this production to the big screen,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh.
Christine Costello, Managing Director of More2Screen comments: “We are pleased to be working once again with our long-term US distribution partner, Fathom Events, on this exciting theatre project. ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ is both a well-known classic and stars the instantly recognizable David Suchet – a winning combination for this big screen release.”
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Fathom Events takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. It is owned by a consortium called AC JV, LLC., comprised of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to 820 locations in 177 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
More2Screen is a leading global distributor of event cinema with more than 8 years of experience acquiring and distributing world-class opera, ballet, music concerts, theatre and special event films to 5,000 cinemas in 60+ international territories – including 50 live broadcasts and over 150 different recorded productions, plus 3D live/recorded content. The company has won two ECA (Event Cinema Association) Box Office Awards: Queen Hungarian Rhapsody (100,000+ worldwide admissions) in 2013 and Pompeii from the British Museum (100,000+ worldwide admissions) in 2014.
We’re passionate about bringing the finest entertainment content closer to local audiences across the globe, from distributing magnificent opera and ballet productions in partnership with Europe’s leading companies including the Royal Opera House, the Mariinsky Theatre and the Dutch National Ballet, to first-class classical music concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker. In the growing area of museum events we are the international distributor for the British Museum’s ground-breaking Pompeii from the British Museum and Vikings from the British Museum. Our ever-expanding repertoire also features live and recorded pop music events from best-selling artists like The Rolling Stones, Adele, Queen, Peter Gabriel, Def Leppard, Morrissey and the Backstreet Boys, plus theatre must-sees Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds, Stephen Sondheim’s Company, Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and our latest project, The Importance Of Being Earnest featuring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell. More information www.more2screen.com