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 forFans 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+