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Poirot star David Suchet takes on the role of Lady Bracknell with hilarious results in Oscar Wilde’s most popular comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. Two friends, Algernon and John, employ the mutual identity of "Earnest" in an attempt to woo ladies, Cecily and Gwendolen. Unfortunately for the lads, their rouse will leave them at the mercy of the formidable Lady Bracknell.

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.

Sorry this show closed 07 November 2015, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
22 Oct 2015 - 07 Nov 2015
Running time:
2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended for ages 8+
Audience Notes:
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.

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A very entertaining production that had me laughing out loud quite often. It is well acted with g... More

Loved the show. The two 14 year old lads with me also enjoyed it - when they could keep up with t... More

This is the best of the Oscar Wilde season for sure, it is full of excellent one-liners which, 12... More

I was rather excited about seeing this as I am involved in amateur theatre. And we performed this... More

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