Age? It’s this cast
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