Age? It’s this cast

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sweet, yet slightly bark­ing, Cecily.

“I’m go­ing on 60 but play­ing an 18-year-old, who would refuse that?” she says.

“Nigel Havers did the play 30 years ago and just said to me, ‘let’s do it’. He’s 62 but play­ing some­one in his twen­ties.

“Martin Jarvis is in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, we all are. Sîan Philips, who is 80, is play­ing Lady Brack­nell. So why not?”

Nigel Havers is play­ing Al­ger­non Mon­crieff, and 72-year-old Martin Jarvis his friend John Wor­thing. Both char­ac­ters are meant to be in their late twen­ties.

Lady Brack­nell’s daugh­ter, Gwen­dolen Fair­fax, is played by 62-year-old Cherie Lunghi.

Ros Ayres from Out­num­bered also stars, with Niall Buggy and Pa­trick Godfrey.

The play, which is al­ready tour­ing, has been met with mixed re­ac­tions, with peo­ple un­sure how the older cast can con­vince an au­di­ence they are younger.

But Chris­tine says that is not the point, and ‘age’ is not the cen­tral is­sue.

“I don’t want to bang on about age but it’s a fan­tas­tic ad­vert for show­ing age is ir­rel­e­vant. There’s so much chat­ter about it but it doesn’t mat­ter here.” Of course the struc­ture of the play helps. “I think that the fact we ac­knowl­edge we are all a lot older than the char­ac­ters

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