Dean Sullivan goes Wilde in the Garden

Date & Time:
27 Jul 2019 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Date & Time:
28 Jul 2019 @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Former Brookside star Dean Sullivan is bringing theatre to the centre of Liverpool this summer with a production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde in the Gardens of Liverpool Parish Church.

Sullivan, who is best known for playing Jimmy Corkhill in the long-running soap, is familiar to Liverpool audiences, and has previously directed outdoor theatre at Speke Hall. Sullivan is a regular attender at Liverpool Parish Church and had the idea of a theatre production in the Gardens one Sunday as he left Church.

Dean Sullivan said, “To be bringing drama to the gardens at St Nick's will be a personal delight! We have the wonderful sculpture of the homeless Jesus in the gardens, and now Oscar Wilde will join him! Picnic theatre on the almost-banks of the Mersey will be a summer experience not to be missed! The Importance in the gardens - join us for a summer evening of delight!”

The Rector of Liverpool, the Revd Canon Dr Crispin Pailing, said, “Liverpool Parish Church has a long track record of bringing art and music to the City around us. We have the perfect setting in the Gardens, and this is a fantastic idea for using our grounds in a new way. I have known Dean for some years: it is going to be great working with him on this, and it will be hugely enjoyable for the audience.”

There will be two performances of the play: at 6.30pm on Saturday 27 July, and 2.30pm on Sunday 28 July. Theatre-goers are invited to bring picnic rugs or folding chairs, or can borrow plastic chairs on the day. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic, but Ma Boyle’s (in Tower Buildings, next to the Gardens) will also have a bar and picnic food on sale before each performance and in the interval.

Tickets are £15 each (or £10 for under-21s) and are available through Eventbrite here or through the Parish Office (0151 236 5276 or

For more information contact Canon Crispin Pailing: or 07982 044818