TV know-it-all, national treasure, and all round top bloke Stephen Fry is apparently gearing up to play Lady Bracknell in a new performance of the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Fry, who played the iconic writer in the 1997 biopic Wilde, has reportedly been in talks to with producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers for over year about playing the formidable, handbag-swinging madame in the production, planned to be shown at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Audiences received a rare treat last year when Fry returned to the stage, after nearly two decades, to perform in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The production, which debuted at the Globe and then moved on to the Apollo was a huge success, with both its sell out runs testifying to the potency of Mr. Fry’s popularity.
Fry follows a number of esteemed actors who have recently stepped into Lady Bracknell’s delicate shoes, including Geoffery Rush, Gyles Brandreth and Brian Bedford.
Here’s Former Tory MP Brandreth in character. Strong look:
But what will Fry bring to the role? The QI host told the Daily Mail that his Lady B would be: “a little bit of Alastair Sim’s Miss Fritton, clutching pearls; with a mixture of Stanley Baxter‘s Duchess of Brenda”. That last one is the comic creation of the Glaswegian comic, based on our very own Queen Liz. So far, so good Mr. Fry; great to know you don’t plan to skimp on the accessories.
How well do you think Stephen will pull off those pearl sets? We’ve got a strong suspicion he’ll rock them like a pro. Fingers crossed we’ll able to go watch him in action soon.