The Importance of Being Earnest

Rating: PG

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 149

The Importance of Being Earnest has been revived many times since its premiere on 14 February 1895 at the St James Theatre in London. It has also been adapted for the cinema on three occasions.

The 2015 production saw one of Britain’s most respected actors, David Suchet play the role of the formidable Lady Bracknell. The stellar cast also included: Emily Barber, Michael Benz, Philip Cumbus, Imogen Doel, Michele Dotrice and Richard O’Callaghan. Oscar Wilde’s much loved and exhilarating masterpiece, with its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.

‘In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.’
– Gwendolyn, Act III

Written shortly before Wilde fell foul of society’s unbending condemnation, The Importance of Being Earnest fizzes with wit as he delights in debunking social pretensions. Two bachelor friends, upper crust dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the most reliable John Worthing J.P., lead double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.

David Suchet
Emily Barber
Michael Benz
Philip Cumbus
Imogen Doel
Michele Dotrice
Richard O'Callaghan
David Killick
Brendan Hooper