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Oscar Wilde Season Live: The Importance of Being Earnest


BUY TICKETS 7.15pm Tuesday 9 October

PLAY broadcast LIVE from the Vaudeville Theatre, London

Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell (Sophie Thompson) keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners.

This is the fourth and final play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. 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. ‘It is very romantic to be in love. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.’

Michael Fentiman’s witty new production will star Olivier-Award winner Sophie Thompson as Lady Bracknell (Guys and Dolls, Chichester/West End; Four Weddings and a Funeral), Jeremy Swift in the role of Reverend Chasuble (Downton Abbey) and Fiona Button as Cecily Cardew (The Split, BBC).

With every comic opportunity eagerly milked, there’s a risk of this colourful production turning into pantomime … But even if this isn’t the most subtle take on the play, the one-liners retain their sparkle. Unafraid of daftness and exaggeration, it’s an entertaining conclusion to the Classic Spring company’s year-long West End celebration of Wilde.  Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

Tickets: Full £19   Adult concessions £17   19-30 £15   18 & under £10
Running time: tbc
Doors open: 6.45pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.

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