About the American Airlines Theater
The Roundabout Theatre Company produced a the 2011 Broadway revival of The Importance of Being Earnest, based on Brian Bedford’s 2009 production at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. It was performed at the company’s permanent home, the American Airlines Theater in New York, an Italian Renaissance theatre on 42nd Street. The auditorium was beautifully renovated when it changed its name from the Selwyn Theatre in 2000 and has since hosted numerous Broadway revivals.
The director and cast
Brian Bedford directed the show as well as playing the strict Lady Bracknell; the role is often played by men, most recently by actors such as Geoffrey Rush and Ray Dooley. Bedford was praised for his strangely believable portrayal and his reluctance to play his gender for laughs. The production was nominated for three Tony Awards and was so successful that it was filmed and released on DVD.
Alongside Brian Bedford the cast were as follows:
Santino Fontana as Algernon Moncrieff
David Furr as John Worthing
Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell
Sara Topham as Gwendolen Fairfax
Charlotte Parry as Cecily Cardew
Dana Ivey as Miss Prism
Paxton Whitehead as Canon Chasuble
Paul O’Brien as Lane
Tim MacDonald as Merriman
Amanda Leigh Cobb as the servant