Celebrating the plays of the past,
and their power to reveal the present.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Widely considered one of the funniest plays in English, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays.

A fresh take on Wilde’s “comic masterpiece” (Guardian), Michael Fentiman’s “hilarious” adaptation breathed new life into one of the most immaculately crafted stage comedies of all time, “triumphant” (Arts Desk) Olivier-Award winner Sophie Thompson joining Stella Gonet, Jeremy Swift, Fiona Button, Pippa Nixon, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd and Fehinti Balogun in 2 hour of comic bliss.

“Brilliantly funny” (Times) and “charming” (Evening Standard) in equal measure, this “magnificent” (Sunday Times) production was the final instalment in Classic Spring’s critically-acclaimed Oscar Wilde season. 

“★★★★★ “A masterpiece of sparkling wit””
- WhatsOnStage
“★★★★ ‘Brilliantly funny” ”
- The Times
“★★★★ “Magnificent””
- Sunday Times
“★★★★ “Delightful””
- Daily Express
“★★★★ “Charming””
- Evening Standard
“★★★★ “Triumphant” ”
- Arts Desk

Sophie Thompson

Lady Bracknell

Sophie Thompson

Jeremy Swift

Reverend Chasuble

Jeremy Swift

Fiona Button

Cecily Cardew

Fiona Button

Pippa Nixon

Gwendolen Fairfax

Pippa Nixon

Stella Gonet

Miss Prism

Stella Gonet

Fehinti Balogun

Algernon

Fehinti Balogun

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd

John Worthing (Jack)

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd

Geoffrey Freshwater

Lane

Geoffrey Freshwater

Matt Crosby

Merriman + Ensemble

Matt Crosby

Meg Coombs

Ensemble

Meg Coombs

Tim Gibson

Moulton + Ensemble

Tim Gibson

Alana Ramsey

Ensemble

Alana Ramsey

Michael Fentiman

Director

Madeleine Girling

Set Designer

Gabriella Slade

Costumer Designer

Jack Knowles

Lighting Designer

George Dennis

Sound Designer

Michael Bruce

Composer

Gabrielle Dawes

Casting Director

James Callas Ball

Associate Director

Justin Allin

Costume Supervisor

Felicite Gillham

Wig Supervisor

Patricia Logue

Text Associate

Matt Crosby

Movement Director

Chris Lake

Prop Supervisor

Michaela Kennan

Voice Associate