Two bachelors, the dependable John Worthing, J.P and upper-class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, feel compelled to create different identities in order to pursue two eligible ladies, Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax.
Hilarious misadventures result from their subterfuge: their brushes with the redoubtable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism punctuate a serpentine plot that fizzes with some of the finest dialogue in all of theatre.
A sublime all-star cast including Nigel Havers, Martin Jarvis, Cherie Lunghi and Sian Philips make this production of Oscar Wilde’s best known, often staged comedy a cut above the average revival.
You can expect these consummate comic craftspersons to breathe fresh life into Wilde’s masterfully constructed farce, and to transport you with wit and charm to its late 19th Century tableau of misunderstandings, mistaken identities and, of course, the invincible Lady Bracknell.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Harold Pinter Theatre
6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Previews from 27th June 2014
Opens 17th July and Booking to 20th September 2014
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
Content updated June 2014