The Importance of Being Earnest at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
The Importance of Being Earnest at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

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About the show

Oscar Wilde’s perennially popular comedy first seen back in 1895 never seems to be far from a London stage however this production has a twist in the form of esteemed actor David Suchet donning drag to take on the role of Lady Bracknell. Suchet is not the first male actor to take on Oscar Wilde’s famous grand dame following in the footsteps of Geoffrey Rush and Brian Bedford.

The Importance of Being Earnest is famed for its farcical plot, witty dialogue and the way it mocks Victorian manners and sensibilities. The story centers on bachelors, John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who have both invented fictional characters to get them out of tiresome social engagements. Trouble erupts when the two friends both employ the identity of "Earnest" (John’s fictional wayward brother) to woo the ladies Gwendolyn and Cecily, with their elaborate rouse leaving them both at the mercy of the tyrannical Lady Bracknell.

The Importance of Being Ernest has been immortalised on film several times most recently in a Hollywood version starring Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Reece Witherspoon and Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell.

David Suchet is the star of ITV’s Poirot and has made history by appearing in TV adaptations of all of Agatha Christie’s Poirot books. Respected stage actor, Suchet, has been nominated for an Olivier Award seven times and was last seen treading the boards in the West End back in 2012 in a well received production of Eugene O’Neil’s Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Suchet is joined in the cast by Michael Benz, Philip Cumbus, Imogen Doel, Emily Barber, Michele Dotrice and Richard O’Callaghan. This production, directed by former RSC Artistic Director Adrian Noble, arrives in London following a triumphant short UK tour.

Recommended for

Oscar Wilde’s delightful comedy is a real treat for those who haven’t seen it before. If you enjoy a farce packed full of witty quips then you will love this show.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for ages 8+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes including an interval
Opened: 24 Jun 2015
Press night: 01 Jul 2015
Booking from: 22 Oct 2015
Booking until: 07 Nov 2015

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

6 Reviews Add review

SDTopper 5"8, 74 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Seatfiller 6"1, 149 reviews, 1 helpful vote

christierney777 5"10, 182 reviews, 1 helpful vote

chriswilliams1 5"8, 14 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Superb acting. This was a fantastic performance. David Suchet should win and Oliver for his performance.

samdee 10 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A very good, funny show. I especially loved Imogen Doel's Cecily.

JanOne 24 reviews, 7 helpful votes