Saturday 25 February 2017

First Lady of 'West Wing' goes Wilde for Irish stage

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

American actress Stockard Channing. Photo: Getty Images
American actress Stockard Channing. Photo: Getty Images

SHE is best known as First Lady to Martin Sheen's US president on TV's 'The West Wing'.

But in June veteran American actress Stockard Channing, pictured right, will swap the White House for Dublin's Gaiety Theatre when she plays Lady Bracknell in a Rough Magic production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.

Speaking after the announcement last night, Rough Magic artistic director Lynne Parker said: "We are thrilled to welcome Stockard Channing into a classic Rough Magic ensemble, which we know will deliver Wilde's most sublime comedy with characteristic verve. We' re going to have a lot of fun."

It was Channing's appearances in other films, including 'Grease' (1978) and 'Six Degrees Of Separation' (1993), along with acclaim for stage performances on Broadway, which led Parker to believe she would be perfect for the Oscar Wilde run in the Gaiety.

Contacting the 66-year old actress through her New York agent, a meeting was set up between Rough Magic and Channing, which led to yesterday's announcement. 'The Importance of Being Earnest' will run at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, from June 2 to 19.

Irish Independent

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