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The Importance of Being Earnest Tickets

Vaudeville Theatre

Oscar Wilde’s best-known play The Importance of Being Earnest is revived once more in the West End, as part of Dominic Dromgoole’s year-long season celebrating the renowned playwright. Following two couples on a tumultuous romantic journey, the play is a hilarious comedy of manners, love, and language.

Wildly popular play returns

Oscar Wilde's seminal play The Importance of Being Earnest makes a West End return as the grand finale of Dominic Dromgoole's year-long season honouring the acclaimed playwright at London's Vaudeville Theatre.

The witty and linguistically rich story of The Importance of Being Earnest centres around two men, Jack and Algernon, and their disdain for social obligations and responsibility. They both confess to leading double lives, each taking an identity for the town and one for the country. Love, deceit and triviality are prominent themes, with potential allusion to Wilde’s gay lifestyle.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest plays ever written in English, this play is also a biting critique of upper-class society. The Importance of Being Earnest is especially poignant as it was the last play Wilde published before being imprisoned.

Sophie Thompson (Guys and Dolls,) leads the cast as the sharp-tongued Lady Bracknell, alongside Jeremy Swift (Downton Abbey) as Reverend Chasuble and Pippa Nixon as Gwendolyn Fairfax.

As the final show of Dromgoole’s celebrated West End Oscar Wilde season, The Importance of Being Earnest tickets are too important to be missed.

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Performance dates:
20 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
Running time:
2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 8+

The Importance of Being Earnest Reviews

61 Reviews
  • 5 Stars43%
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  • 3 Stars18%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Stars5%

User Reviews

Performance date: 08 August 2018

A very entertaining production that had me laughing out loud quite often. It is well acted with good comic performances and feels just the right length.

Performance date: 10 October 2018

Loved the show. The two 14 year old lads with me also enjoyed it - when they could keep up with the dialogue and plot. They found it hard to believe the play was written over 100 years ago. That was partly due to the cast who, although in period cost Read more

Performance date: 21 August 2018
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