The Importance of Being Earnest

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Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest is revived once more in the West End, featuring as part of the year-long celebratory season of the playwright. Following on from productions including A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan and An Ideal Husband, the season discovers how Wilde’s works continue to be so relevant today.

Widely acknowledged as one of England’s funniest plays, Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a masterpiece combination of love, logic and language. Taking place in a world full of gentlemen and ladies, the play sees Jack, Algernon, Gwendolyn and Cecily embark on tumultuous romantic journeys, under the watchful eye of the inimitable Lady Bracknell.

Last seen in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2015, in a production starring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the most commonly staged plays in the country. Presented by Dominic Dromgoole, who is at the helm of the entire season, the production promises a stellar cast and creative team.

Casting includes Sophie Thompson (Guys and Dolls, Company) as Lady Bracknell, Jeremy Swift (The 39 Steps, Downton Abbey) as Reverend Chasuble and Pippa Nixon as Gwendolyn Fairfax, as well as Fiona Button as Cecily Cardew and Stella Gonet as Miss Prism.

Michael Fentiman directs, with previous credits including productions at the RSC such as Titus Andronicus and The Taming of the Shrew, as well as Loot at the Park Theatre. The production also features design by Madeleine Girling and costume design by Gabriella Slade.

Playing a limited number of performances at the London venue, The Importance of Being Earnest plays at the Vaudeville Theatre from July 20th to October 20th 2018, with an official opening on August 2nd 2018. The play rounds off the year’s season, which has included stars such as Eve Best, Jennifer Saunders, Freddie Fox, Edward Fox, Samantha Spiro and more.

Child Friendly?

The Importance of Being Earnest is recommended for those aged 8 and up.

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