The Importance of Being Earnest at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
The Importance of Being Earnest at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets

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About the show

Oscar Wilde’s beloved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest receives a West End revival at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre. Directed by Lucy Bailey (RSC, the Old Vic), this all-new production is performed by the fictional Bunbury Company of Players, who have all gradually grown in to their roles to hilarious and sometimes disastrous effect!

The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde’s well-known comedy that gracefully satirises the hypocrisies of Victorian society. Set in a quaint Victorian manor in Hertfordshire, the play follows two bachelors, the dependable Jack Worthing and the debauched Algernon Moncrieff, who feel compelled to create alternative identities in order to woo two eligible ladies, Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax. A tale of uproarious misadventures, mishaps and mistaken identities, the pairs brushes with the fearsome Lady Bracknell and uptight Miss Prism result in a plot that has audiences laughing in their seats.

Presented by an all-star cast, The Importance of Being Earnest features Nigel Havers (Coronation Street) as Algernon and Martin Jarvis (By Jeeves) as Jack, alongside Christine Kavanagh (RSC, Doctors) as Cecily and Cherie Lunghi (Midsomer Murders) as Gwendolen. Further cast members include Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered) as Miss Prism, Niall Buggy (Uncle Vanya) as Reverend Chasuble and Sian Phillips (Marlene, Les Liasons Dangereuses) as Lady Bracknell.

Directed by Bailey, the production is designed by William Dudley, with lighting design by Olivier Fenwick and sound design by Tom Mills, as well as additional material written by Simon Brett. A revamped version of the classic tale, The Importance of Being Earnest opens to entertain audiences at the Harold Pinter Theatre from June 2014.

Recommended for

Fans of the original text will enjoy this revamped version. Whilst the show is not aimed at children, The Importance of Being Earnest may be suitable for budding theatre-fans, who will enjoy the broad humour.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 8+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval
Opened: 27 Jun 2014
Press night: 17 Jul 2014
Booking from: 27 Jun 2014
Booking until: 20 Sep 2014

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

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