All star cast direct from the west end

Oscar Wilde’s much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest is touring the UK from September 2015.

Starring members of the West End cast including Rosalind Ayres, Nigel Havers, Martin Jarvis, Christine Kavanagh and Siân Phillips, who will be joined by Nigel Anthony, Carmen Du Sautoy and David Shaw-Parker, performing as The Bunbury Company of Players. This new production is directed by Lucy Bailey, designed by William Dudley with added material written by Simon Brett, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, and music and sound by Tom Mills.

The Importance of Being Earnest is known to elegantly lampoon the hypocrisies of a Victorian society and opens as 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 Gwendolen Fairfax. The hilarious misadventures which result from their subterfuge; their brushes with the redoubtable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism results in a plot that twists and fizzles with some of the finest dialogue to be found in theatre.

Running time: 2h 20m (inc interval)

Tour Dates

  • Swan Theatre, Wycombe

    13 Oct - 17 Oct 2015 | 01494 512000

  • Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

    27 Oct - 31 Oct 2015 | 01793 524 481

  • Darlington Civic

    03 Nov - 07 Nov 2015 | 01325 486555

  • Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

    10 Nov - 14 Nov 2015 | 0131 529 6000

  • Grand Opera House, York

    17 Nov - 21 Nov 2015 | 0844 871 3024

  • Theatre Royal, Glasgow

    24 Nov - 28 Nov 2015 | 0844 871 7647

FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

  • Rosalind-Ayres

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  • Martin-Jarvis

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  • Rosalind-Ayres

5 STARS

'OSCAR WILDE’S CLASSIC IN A DELIGHTFUL NEW CONTEXT, I DON’T THINK I’VE ENJOYED THE PLAY QUITE AS MUCH'

QUENTIN LETTS DAILY MAIL
4 STARS

'Lucy Bailey's thoroughly likeable, high-concept revival of this well-thumbed play. SPARKLING... FUN'

Dominic Maxwell The Times