The Importance of Being Earnest

Made at Curve, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Bachelor Jack Worthing and his best mate Algernon Moncrieff hope to marry society’s most eligible ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the lads’ courtship of the women is far from straight forward! With double identities, plenty of ‘Bunburying’ and a number of hostile encounters with the formidable Lady Bracknell, the pair become embroiled in a web of mistaken identities with hilarious consequences.

Directed by Nikolai Foster, the drama stars BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Cathy Tyson as the indomitable Lady Bracknell, Sharan Phull as repressed romantic Cecily Cardew, Edward Franklin as upper-class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, Fela Lufadeju as the dependable John Worthing, Angela Clerkin as uptight nanny Miss Prism, Dominic Gately as the incorruptible Reverend Chasuble, Darren Bennett as the ever-faithful servants Lane and Merriman and Martha Mackintosh as prim and proper Gwendolen Fairfax.

Regarded as one of the finest comedies in the English language, Wilde’s play explodes with his trademark razor-sharp wit and is a brilliant exploration of the hypocrisies of a society where what we see on the outside is very different from what lies beneath.

Expect hilarious misadventure, mischief and matchmaking which elegantly ridicules the Victorian social order and standards of the time. With a stylish new look, delightful twists and turns… and a nanny with a dubious story about a handbag! Follow our charming pair as they discover “the vital importance of being earnest”. Join the conversation online with #CurveEarnest

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