Director Bryan Hodgson stepped in at the last minute to save a reimagined production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Barn Theatre, in a case of life imitating art.
He played the role of the stage manager Graham de Hare on February 14, with just a few hours’ notice, after original cast member Ryan Bennett was unable to perform.
The re-imagined show follows a stage manager and producer forced to perform when their cast has not arrived, which became a reality when Bennett was put on rest due to an injury.
Hodgson described it as “the most surreal time I’ve ever had”.
“The entire company were so supportive, and got me through it with smiles and hugs. The actual show was a hoot – especially being able to actually present the concept of the show in real life,” he said.
“The whole thing was such fun, and I’ve now slept for 12 hours with lots of muscles aching, but it was worth it,” he added.
The production, which has just completed a run at Cirencester’s Barn Theatre, will transfer to London’s Turbine Theatre from February 19 to 29, 2020.