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The Importance of Being Earnest (Live) in Movies@Gorey

Playing Thursday, October 8th (one Night Only)- Book Now

Earnest Quad Poster ArtworkOscar Wilde’s much-loved classic play, The Importance Of Being Earnest, will be broadcast LIVE from London’s Vaudeville Theatre on Thursday 8 October 2015, with additional backstage footage and cast interviews exclusive to the cinema event. Having just opened to critical acclaim with 4 star reviews from The Guardian, The Times, The Evening Standard, Daily Mail, The Independent and The Stage, the new production stars one of Britain’s best-known stage, screen and television actors, David Suchet (familiar to millions of TV viewers as the detective Hercule Poirot), who plays the role of the formidable Lady Bracknell. David Suchet says: ‘I’m delighted that one of the finest plays in the English language will be broadcast live across the UK and Ireland on 8th October, entertaining theatre lovers and Oscar Wilde fans from Inverness to Ilfracombe and almost everywhere in between! We’re having tremendous fun with the play and look forward to sharing this with cinema audiences too.’

With its high farce and witty dialogue The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s mostenduringly popular play and fizzes with wit as he delights in debunking social pretensions. Two bachelor friends, aristocratic dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the most reliable John Worthing J.P., lead double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Following a six week UK tour, The Importance Of Being Earnest opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on 1 July, and is directed by the multi-award winning Adrian Noble, a former Artistic Director of the RSC whose extensive theatre credits range from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Palladium to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf for the Theatre Royal, Bath and a myriad of acclaimed productions in between. The play also stars Emily Barber (Billy Liar, Cornelius, The Hired Man, Fiddler on the Roof and Orpheus & Eurydice), Michael Benz (Downton Abbey, Mike and Angelo, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, As You Like It), Philip Cumbus (A Touch Of Frost, My Hero, Hope and Glory and Our Brave Boys, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing), Imogen Doel (The Get Out, Gastronauts, Primetime, Collaboration, In the Vale of Health, Serpent’s Tooth), Michele Dotrice (Betty in Some Mothers Do Ave ‘Em, Captain Jack, The Witches, And Soon The Darkness and Jane Eyre, When We Are Married, Richard III) and Richard O’Callaghan (Carry On Loving and Carry On at Your Convenience, Casualty, Red Dwarf, Dalziel and Pascoe).

“The Importance of Being Earnest”, October 8th    (From Jim Ryan)

Wilde, the most famous playwright of his day, wrote some of the greatest and most popular comedies in the English language. “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a perennial delight and, in a good production, provides unsurpassable entertainment.  He was born on October 16th, 1854 to Sir William and Lady Jane Francesca Wilde, his father a famous eye-specialist and his mother, who, as “Speranza”, wrote patriotic verse. The playwright, after an eventful and ultimately tragic life, died in Paris on November 30th, 1900.

Jack & Gwendolen

It’s generally accepted that he was received into the Catholic Church on his deathbed. His mother, it seems expected the birth to produce a daughter, and when he turned out to be male, she attired him for many years in boy’s clothing – however, he drank mid-west American cowboys and miners “under the table” on his literary tours of that country. He was one of the greatest raconteurs of all time. His tomb, among the most visited in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, is one of the most famous in the world. The scandals surrounding his life are ‘small fry’ in today’s world and his plays are more popular than ever – our own Abbey and Gate Theatres have done much to keep his name alive.


I never tire of seeing this great play – indeed, it’s only a few weeks ago since I saw at The Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin in a superb production Directed by Kate Canning of Ballyduff Drama Group. The plot is excellent, the situations are sometimes hilarious (eg Jack Worthing mourning the death of the ‘brother’ who, next thing, comes on the stage in the pink of health), Cecily and Gwendolen going from sworn eternal friendship to lasting enmity and back in a short space of time, unforgettable characters (especially Lady Bracknell, played here by David Suchet) and witty, sparkling dialogue.

This critically-acclaimed production is not to be missed by those who love the theatre.

NT Live: Hamlet in Movies@Gorey

Playing Thursday, October 15th (one Night Only)- Book Now

Intl - Listings image - landscapeAcademy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

“Hamlet”: NT Live, October 15th.   (from Jim Ryan)

    11863499_10153080462603857_1258343244291158775_n “Hamlet” is the most famous and frequently-quoted play ever written – Richard Burton (a friend who saw him in the role early in his career told me it was an unforgettable experience) told of a performance at which Sir Winston Churchill sat in the front row and was saying the lines so audibly ahead of the actor that it almost caused him to forget his lines. Hamlet is probably the most coveted role of all for those who think themselves capable of playing it; the roll-call of the great Hamlets includes most of the most renowned male (and some female) actors in theatrical history. For a huge proportion of those who have seen the play, it’s the greatest they’ve seen. The number of times it’s been parodied also attest to its stature – the iconic question, “To be or not to be”, was once reduced by students, in a comedy, to the more profound question: “To beer or not to beer”!

“Hamlet”, apart from the magnificent soliloquys, in which we see into the recesses of11215195_10153080462853857_2109374213716308149_n
the hero’s mind , fizzes along at a relentless pace – it has enough exciting, even murderous physical action, intrigue, betrayal and humour to keep us on the edge of our seats. And, of course, it has a psychological study of its central character, Hamlet, which has defied definitive interpretation for over four hundred years – even Sigmund Freud has had his say, but Hamlet eludes them all. Each century has had its own Hamlet as will each playgoer. Why does he take so long to avenge his father’s murder – does he himself know; in the course of the play, he gives differing reasons.

12002943_10153127511253857_2907206483476493451_nBenedict Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” has been one of the most eagerly-awaited theatrical events of the decade and the critics have acclaimed his performances. SGC Dungarvan have saved me a journey to London by screening this Everest of a play and we viewers will have ‘the best seats in the house’ for what should be memorable. Unmissable!


Suffragette in Movies@Gorey

From Monday, October 12th – Book Now

SUFFRAGETTE is a thrilling drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. MAUD was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.


Regression in Movies@Gorey

From Friday, October 9th – Book Now

Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.




Sicario in Movies@Gorey

From Thursday, October 9th – Book Now

In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.





The Walk 3D in Movies@Gorey

From Friday, October 9th – Book Now

The Walk is the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan.





Pan 3D in Movies@Gorey

Preview Sat & Sun, October 10th & 11th – Book Now

Playing from Friday, October 16th

Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). They must band together to save Neverland from the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Along the way, the rebellious and mischievous boy discovers his true destiny, becoming the hero forever known as Peter Pan.





Hotel Transylvania 2 in Movies@Gorey

Preview Sat & Sun, October 10th & 11th – Book Now

Playing from Friday October 16th

Drac’s pack is back for all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2!
Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania… Dracula’s rigid monster-only policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne, and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old,old,old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!

The Intern in Movies@Gorey

From Friday, October 2nd – Book Now

Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.



The Martian in Movies@Gorey

From Wednesday, September 30th – Book Now

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

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