OSCAR Wilde’s theatrical masterpiece is widely-acknowledged as one of the greatest comedies in the English language.
Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbable plot twists and a sprinkling of romance - The Importance of Being Earnest has it all.
Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Algernon is in love with Cecily. But when an identity crisis spirals out of control, the previously separate worlds of town and country collide and delicious mayhem ensues. Thoughts of marriage and a happy ending must be put on hold until the inimitable Lady Bracknell can be convinced that the young men are worthy suitors.
The Importance of Being Earnest has delighted millions since its first London performance in 1895. A scintillating comedy of manners, Oscar Wilde’s best-loved work overflows with dazzling wordplay and comic invention. London Classic Theatre promise to bring this 19th Century classic to vivid, extravagant life with their customary flair, attention to detail, high-quality casting and impeccable production values.
In 2010, London Classic Theatre celebrated ten years on tour, having performed to over 300,000 people at more than 150 theatres and arts centres around the UK and Ireland. The company, led by founder and Artistic Director Michael Cabot, produces challenging, accessible drama for audiences in London and the regions. London Classic Theatre has explored the work of some of the finest playwrights of the last fifty years, including Joe Orton, Harold Pinter, Brian Friel and Mike Leigh. They have also staged more challenging work, with national tours of two plays
by Marivaux, Bryony Lavery’s Frozen and a further two UK premières, Nightfall by Joanna Murray-Smith and Love in the Title by Hugh Leonard. From February - June 2011, LCT toured two plays at the same time with its Modern Takes Season of European Classic drama, featuring productions of Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie and Ibsen’s Ghosts in a new version by Frank McGuinness. Most recently, from September 2011 - July 2012, London Classic Theatre produced the critically-acclaimed tour of Equus by Peter Shaffer.
London Classic Theatre tours its work to venues of all scales and sizes, from arts centres and studio spaces to No. 1 and repertory theatres. The company has never received any funding or sponsorship for its work. In spite of this they have built and maintained relationships with many of the most respected repertory theatres and touring venues in the UK and Ireland and continue to produce theatre of the highest quality.
The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed at the Watergate Theatre on February 22 and 23. Tickets are €18 and €15 and school groups of ten or more are €10.