Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lady Bracknell Is Just My Bag after 30-Year Hunt for Comedy Role

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lady Bracknell Is Just My Bag after 30-Year Hunt for Comedy Role

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

POIROT star David Suchet says he agreed to play Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest after it was suggested as the answer to his fruitless 30-year search for a comedy.

The actor, whose acclaimed stage appearances include Arthur Miller's tragedy All My Sons and Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, said the move was the idea of producer Kim Poster after she, too, had struggled to find him a lighthearted part.

"I've played some heavy roles in theatre and indeed, on screen, apart from Poirot. Over the years, I've searched and searched for a comedy. Finally Kim came to me and said, 'Why not do the most perfect comedy in the English language from the last 200 years?'" At first, Suchet, 69, thought she meant him to play one of Oscar Wilde's young men and insisted he was too old before realising she meant the role famous for the exclamation: "A handbag?" He agreed to do it. "It's been wonderfully challenging and I'm enjoying her enormously," he said as the show opened at the Vaudeville Theatre. …

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