Classic Spring is a new theatre company, formed by Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) to celebrate the bold and groundbreaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote.
‘Launched with a flourish’ (The Sunday Times), Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season promises to cast new light on Wilde’s ground-breaking work, showing how more than a century on, he still strikes to the heart of social scandal.
Widely considered one of the funniest plays in English, Wilde’s much loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn, and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners. ‘It is very romantic to be in love. The very essence of romance is uncertainty’
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play written by Oscar Wilde. The play was first performed on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 1895, at St James’s Theatre in London.
The Importance of Being Earnest is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists preserve fictitious personæ to evade burdensome social responsibilities. Operating within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s leading themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Its farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most popular play.
Friday 20 July 2018 – Saturday 20 October 2018
Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm
Running Time: Small pause between acts, with one main 15-minute interval
Age recommendation: 8+
Please be aware that the following performances will be filmed:
Saturday 6th October 2018, 2.30pm
Tuesday 9th October 2018, 7.30pm
To be anounced
404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Kerry Ellis stars as Gwendolen, her first non-singing role, in the 2018 UK tour of Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, Courtyard Theatre Hereford, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Belfast Grand Opera House, Theatre Royal Bath and Manchester Opera House. Hannah Louise Howell will play Gwendolen at all other venues. They will be joined by Geoff Aymer, Louise Coulthard, Thomas Howes, Peter Sandys-Clarke and Simon Shackleton, playing Chasuble, Cecily, Algernon, Jack and Lane/Merriman respectively.
They join the previously announced Gwen Taylor as Lady Bracknell and Susan Penhaligon as Miss Prism. The tour will begin on 24 January at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, ending on 28 April in Eastbourne.
Review of The Importance of Being Earnest at Brockley Jack Studio
There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking to write home about. No matter. Solid performances all round make for a thoroughly decent couple of hours of humour, power dynamics and deceptions. Presented by David Ball Productions – 14th November to 2nd December 2017.
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The Importance of Being Earnest [DVD]
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