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L.A. venues announced for June screenings of Broadway's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

April 12, 2011 | 11:23 am


Four Los Angeles area outlets were announced Monday for the previously announced “Live in HD” treatment of the current Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” that will hit movie screens in June.

The production, which features noted British actor Brian Bedford in drag as Lady Bracknell, the witty classic's imperiously funny nemesis of young love, can be seen at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood (June 2, 9), the UCLA Film, Television and Digital Media department’s James Bridges Theatre (June 2, 5, 23, 26), the Downtown Independent (June 9) and the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (June 26).

David Hyde Pierce is the broadcast’s host, with actor Alfred Molina and Michael Hackett, a Wilde expert who chairs UCLA’s theater department, providing commentary during intermission. 

“Earnest” opened on Broadway Jan. 13, produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company (the Bedford-directed staging originated in 2009 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada), and is scheduled to run through July 3.

L.A. Theatre Works, known for producing “The Play’s the Thing” radio series, with many installments recorded in front of audiences at the Skirball Cultural Center, provided the impetus for the satellite broadcast and shares co-producer credits with Roundabout and BY Experience, the New York City company that's also in charge of transmitting the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” offerings and the “National Theatre Live” series.

For the story on how L.A. Theatre Works got the ball rolling, click here.


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