The Importance Of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
Vivienne and Simon
Sharon and Vivienne
Simon, Ruth and Sharon
Simon, Samantha and Tim
Ruth, Vivienne and Simon
Mark, Ruth and Simon
Ruth and Mark
Mark and Ruth
Ruth and Samantha
Ruth and Samantha
Ruth and Samantha
Mark and Simon
Simon and Samantha
Samantha, Mark and Simon
Phil and Mark
The cast
Cast and Creatives

Tim Baron

Tim Baron has been lucky enough to perform in a fair few DGP productions – most recently in last year’s New Writing Festival in Guinea Pigs. Tim has also done a bit of directing and written some stuff. He’d really like to do more of the latter but has to admit he’s had a great time playing the role of Dr. Chasuble and hopes you enjoy the play.

Dr Chausable

Phil Claxton

Phil plays the part of Lane, Algernon’s manservant, his second manservant role to date. Having taken early retirement, Phil was looking for new activities and hobbies, which led him to this theatre and he has been a member of the Dilys Guite Players since the middle of last year. He has been involved in a number of activities at the theatre since, from acting, to set building and covering Box Office duties.


Sharon Fenwick

Sharon's relatively brief theatrical experience has already been diverse. It includes performing in comedy thrillers Deadly Nightcap and Play On, playing a male socialist activist in the classic The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, Miss Furnival in Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy, Aphrodite the queen of heaven in the Greek Tragedy Psyche and Eros and last but not least a Plentymorefish in Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories. 

Miss Prism

Adam Foley

Adam is a recent graduate of English from Sheffield Hallam University. Since completing his studies he has been training in Performing Arts at Sheffield's Carney Academy. This production is his first foray into amateur theatre and he is proud to be a member of the DGP.


Mark Kenny

Mark grew up in Bath and moved to Sheffield in 2002 to study Biology. He currently works as a web developer and designer for a large broadband provider. He loves the Lantern theatre for its quirky charm and history. Having made a few previous appearances on stage, he was invited to take part in the New Writer’s Festival in 2012, which was his first appearance with the DGP. In October he played Bob in Straight and Narrow, written by Jimmy Chinn then in March 2013 he played Frank in Peter Shaffer’s White Liars. Then in April he performed as Pan in Psyche and Eros and appeared briefly in Alan Ayckbourne’s Confusions. 


While at university he started writing short stories and continues to write, working on a comic novel about the meaning of life, set in a greengrocers. He hates meetings and slow buses and regularly complains about minor irritations on various social networks.


Ruth Langrick

Ruth has studied performing arts at both college and university and has now started to establish her career in the industry.  In addition to acting, she has a keen interest in music and has played the piano and clarinet from an early age. Ruth first discovered her love of acting in her early teens and has since taken part in a wide variety of stage productions and short films.

This is Ruth’s third production with the DGP since joining in June last year; Cecily being her favourite role to date.  She looks forward to continuing participating in future performances.


Vivienne Mager

Vivienne began acting at school as a member of Fagin’s gang in Oliver Twist, and went on to play the ballerina in The Red Shoes. Also, whilst at school she loved being in the chorus of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar. At college she played the love-lorn Shirley in I.T.M.A. and the love-torn Sally in Cabaret. After a break she returned to acting in films, most notably as Mary in the semi-autobiographical Frankie’s Chair. Last year she returned to the stage and played Baroness Von Hodenburg in Cider with Rosie (with the Tudor Players). Lady Bracknell is her debut role with the DGP.

Lady Bracknell

Simon Naylor

Simon makes his debut with the DGP and has been acting for just over a year. A Sheffield local and former High Storrs pupil, he now studies at Stand By Method Acting Studio and has been involved in several film projects this year. The role of Jack Worthing is the second time he has been on stage at The Lantern, after the Christmas production of The Grinch with Stand By last December. In addition to the wonderfully supportive cast and crew at the DGP, he would also like to thank Melanie Gourlay and Louise O'Leary for instilling in him the acting bug and getting him this far.


Samantha White

Samantha first came to the Lantern Theatre in 2010 playing Ilsa in Ayckbourne’s Improbable Fiction. Since then she has appeared in a number of shows including A Christmas Carl and Loves Labours Lost. She thoroughly enjoys acting whether it is on stage or screen and is very excited to be performing in an Oscar Wilde play. Samantha has had a huge amount of fun finding Gwendolen and would like to thank everyone involved for making it a wonderful experience.


Andrew Griffiths

Andrew first became involved in amateur theatre aged sixteen as accompanist and musical director for many of Sheffield's musical theatre companies. After studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester he conducted the national premieres of Spend Spend Spend and Grand Hotel at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera in Ireland with amateur talent from Sheffield and Rhyl, each production winning awards.


Since 2007, Andrew has worked on UK and European tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, South Pacific and Scrooge as both keyboard player and assistant musical director. Since returning to Sheffield, Andrew has been privileged to provide musical preparation on This Is My Family and play keyboards on Oliver! (both for Sheffield Theatres), and also regularly acts as repetiteur for Opera North in Leeds.


Andrew is delighted to have the opportunity to direct his first play here at the Lantern.


Additional Crew

Annie Herbert – Assistant Director

Thomas Hill – Stage Manager

Kevin Jackson – Assistant Director

Debz Robinson - Wardrobe

Harry Rowbotham – Lighting Design

Karen Vickers – Set Build

Barry Worthington – Set Build

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