Wilde production that’s sitting pretty


WHEN Mike Turner, director of The Importance of being Earnest at Lewes Theatre, wanted to find furniture for the elegant settings of the play he first went to Peter Reed at Sussex Grange Furniture.

Peter was happy to lend two sets of garden furniture for Act II but didn’t have any upholstered settees of the kind Oscar Wilde would have wanted for Algernon’s artistically decorated West End apartment.

The decor was to be Art Nouveau-inspired and Mike had already bought William Morris wallpaper from local company Brewers. When Peter was shown a picture of a late Victorian sofa he suddenly remembered that he had the wooden frame of one in his store. The frame was re-polished and sent to Lewes craftsmen, Wheatsheaf Interiors, who upholstered the settee in a fine patterned material.

The Flea Market in Market Street has also hired the production a Victorian settee and two elegant period chairs.

The Importance of Being Earnest is being performed at Lewes Theatre from July 21-28 (7.45pm) with a matinee on July 21 at 2.45pm.

Tickets are available to the general public for all performances from the Box Office in Lancaster Street from 10.30am until 12noon or 7-7.30pm or by telephone on 01273 474826.