Wednesday May 4, 2011


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The Importance of Being Earnest live at Galaxy June 2

Submitted by Sara Marshall, Cineplex


ineplex Entertainment, via our Front Row Centre Events and BY Experience are pleased to announce the classic comedy from Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest is coming to participating theatres in Canada on Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. (local time).  A special encore presentation will be broadcast Saturday, June 25 at 1:00 p.m. (local time). The show was captured live, in high-definition at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway in New York City.

“The Importance of Being Earnest has been enjoyed by audiences for years and now we are delighted to showcase the production on the big screen,” said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment.  “Captured live from the Broadway stage, this beloved theatrical production is not to be missed.”

The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities – not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen’s mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

The critically acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by and stars Brian Bedford. The cast also features Dana Ivey as “Miss Prism,” Paxton Whitehead as “Rev. Canon Chasuble,” Santino Fontana as “Algernon Moncrieff,” David Furr as “John Worthing,” Tim MacDonald as “Merriman,” Paul O’Brien as “Lane,” Charlotte Parry as “Cecily Cardew,” and Sara Topham as “Gwendolen Fairfax.” The design team includes Desmond Heeley (Sets & Costumes), Duane Schuler (Lights) and Drew Levy (Sound).

"The Roundabout Theatre Company's staging of The Importance of Being Earnest is the right play, at the right time, with the right company behind it to be filmed for cinema screens," says Julie Borchard-Young, BY Experience. "The great casting and critical raves make this production a 'must-see', yet theatre lovers can't always travel to New York to catch an engagement."

Advance tickets are now available at participating theatre box offices, through the Cineplex Mobile Apps and online at or our mobile site  A special rate is available for larger groups of 20 or more. Please contact Cineplex corporate sales at 1-800-313-4461 or via email at

Galaxy Cinemas Chilliwack, 8249 Eagle Landing Parkway

About Cineplex Entertainment

Cineplex Inc. ("Cineplex") is the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada and owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,352 screens serving approximately 70 million guests annually.  Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Cineplex operates theatres from British Columbia to Quebec and is the exclusive provider of UltraAVX™ and the largest exhibitor of digital, 3D and IMAX projection technologies in the country.  Proudly Canadian and with a workforce of approximately 10,000 employees, the company operates the following top tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players, Colossus, Coliseum, SilverCity, Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres.  Cineplex shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol "CGX".  For more information, visit


About Front Row Centre Events (FRC)

Brought to you by Cineplex Entertainment, Front Row Centre Events bring world class entertainment to your local Cineplex Entertainment theatre and other participating locations! Presented in high-definition with digital surround sound, guests can experience the best in original one-night only and series-based programming.  From The Met: Live in HD and The National Theatre Live to concerts, live sporting events and documentaries, Front Row Centre Events put you in the centre of the action on the big screen!


About BY Experience

 BY Experience is the pioneer of global live "alternative content" digital cinema events. Credits: Worldwide Distribution Representative of "The Met: Live in HD"; International (ex-UK) Distribution Representative of the British National Theatre's series "NT Live"; Co-Presenter with the New York Times of its speaker's series, "TimesTalksLIVE" (2009-10); BY Experience as Executive Producer for Cinema: "The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax" (June 2010), "This American Life - Live! with Ira Glass" (April 2008 and May 2009); "David Gilmour: Remember That Night - Live from the Royal Albert Hall" (September 2007); "David Bowie: Reality - Live & Interactive" (September 2003). Cinema Distributor of the "BBC Electric Proms: Robbie Williams" (October 2009) and "BBC Last Night of the Proms 2009" (September 2009); For more information, visit:



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