The Importance of Being
Earnest

03 July 2009 - 25 July 2009

By Oscar Wilde

"Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone"

What happens when two pretty girls both fall in love with men they believe to be called Ernest? Will they learn that a rose by any other name still smells as sweet?

A well-manicured comedy of handbags, button-holes and flying coat-tails.

Read reviews

The Mail on Sunday

"Irina Brown's deliciously entertaining, perfectly pitched revival of Wilde's best play...Herbert gives one of the performances of the evening...yet Lucy Briggs Owen can match her as a Cecily..."

The Daily Telegraph

"This delightful production persuades us to see and hear the play afresh...everyword and every familiar phrase sounds new-minted, as fresh as a rose garden after rain"

Creative team

The cast

  • Lane – Christopher Beeny
  • Cecily – Lucy Briggs Owen
  • Gwendolen – Jo Herbert
  • Merriman – Jim Hooper
  • Jack – Ryan Kiggell
  • Miss Prism – Julie Legrand
  • Ensemble – Harry Long
  • Ensemble – Penelope McGhie
  • Rev. Chasuble – Richard O'Callaghan
  • Ensemble – Kirsten Hazel Smith
  • Algernon – Dominic Tighe
  • Ensemble – Geoffrey Towers
  • Lady Bracknell – Susan Wooldridge