A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
by Oscar Wilde
Starring National treasure and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest.
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1:30PM Sunday, Feb 7, 2016‘A magnificent, stage-filling performance… majestically funny’
Michael Billington, The Guardian
Directed by Adrian Noble, (Amadeus, The King’s Speech, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) Wilde’s superb satire on Victorian manners is one of the funniest plays in the English language.
Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff (Philip Cumbus – regular player at Shakespeare’s Globe) and the utterly reliable John Worthing J.P., (Downton Abbey’s Michael Benz) lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax (Emily Barber) and Cecily Cardew (Imogen Doel). The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.
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.