Joan Blackham: Guildford Shakespeare Company

Date - 17 June, 2013, All News Press Nights Theatre

Oscar Wilde favourite, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be performed to the press tonight in the Guildford Castle Grounds. Joan Blackham will play the formidable Lady Bracknell in this British favourite play, first performed in 1895.

Two young gentlemen living in 1890’s England have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the ravishing Gwendolyn. Algy Montcrieff decided to take the name ‘Earnest’ when visiting Worthing’s young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor. Things start to go awry when they end up together in country and their deceptions are discovered – threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits.

Overview

Joan Blackham is an experienced character actress working in television, film and theatre.

She was recognised early in her career as a comic talent featuring in many sitcom series, notably as Podge Hodge in To The Manor Born, John Thaw's home help Fiona in Home to Roost and Jemma Redgrave's mother in Cry Wolf.

Kenneth Williams chose her to play Fay in his production of Loot at the Lyric Hammersmith which then transferred to the West End. Other significant theatre credits include Funny Turns at Jermyn Street Theatre, Ready Or Not (Arcola Theatre, Offie Nomination for Best Female In A Play 2017), the original West End cast of Calendar Girls; King Lear, Man of Mode and Across Oka for the RSC; Jane Eyre for Shared Experience and When We Are Married at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

TV highlights include; The Innocents, The Interrogation, Raised by Wolves, New Tricks, The Five, Dr Who, Whitechapel, Midsomer Murders, Honest and Judge John Deed.

Joan starred as Eleanor Roosevelt in Battle for Sevastopol, and played Mrs Fitzgerald in the Czech film A Prominent Patient. Other film credits include The Sweeney, Noel Clarke's feature The Knot, Bridget Jones's Diary and Plenty.

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