The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Tim Eyres

Dates: Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 April

Location: Oxford Playhouse

Tickets: From £14

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“The truth is rarely pure and never simple...”

Best friends and fashionable young men, Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing, seem to have hit upon the perfect ruse to escape their social responsibilities. They lead double lives – one in the city and one in the country. But when love enters the mix, confusion reigns. Into these choppy waters sails the formidable Lady Bracknell...

Oxford Theatre Guild present Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy for the very first time – updating the action to the roaring 1920s, where the young are determined to escape the strait-laced attitudes of the previous Edwardian era and embrace freedom and frivolity.

One of Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular plays, The Importance of Being Earnest features some of his best-loved characters, including Lady Bracknell, Miss Prism, Jack Worthing and Gwendolen Fairfax. A razor-sharp satire of snobbery and class distinctions, and an evening of hilarious misunderstandings.


Lane - Colin Burnie
Algernon Moncrieff - Billy Morton
Jack Worthing - Alex Lushington
Lady Bracknell - Lucy Kilpatrick-Melville
Gwendolen Fairfax - Rose Macaulay
Miss Prism - Triona Adams
Cecily Cardew - Matilda Morrissey
Canon Chasuble - Ian Nutt
Merriman - Nick Green


Director - Tim Eyres
Assistant Director - Layla Katib
Production Manager - Ruth Readshaw
Lighting and technical management - David Long
Stage Manager - Elizabeth Sandis
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Graphic Design - Cate Nunn