The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic comedy of manners in which two flippant young men, in order to impress their respected beloveds, pretend that their names are “Ernest,” which both young ladies believe confers magical qualities on the possessor. It was first performed for the public on February 14, 1895 at the St. James’ Theatre in London, and is regarded by many critics and scholars as being the wittiest play in the English language. The Importance of Being Earnest directed by Laura Powell. ‘Oscar Wilde’s Victorian comedy of manners can still seem thrillingly contemporary – the sharp repartee and delicious skewing of hypocrisy and pomposity can still make you laugh out loud.’ — Siobhan Murphy, Metro (London). ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is the most perfect high comedy in the English language.’ — Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph. ‘A treasure trove of delicious aphorisms and quotable epigrams’ — Robert Dawson Scott, The Times. ‘Wilde’s 1895 masterpiece is a magnificent piece of theatre’ — Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman.
Performance dates: March 21st – 28th, 2015
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his only novel (The Picture of Dorian Gray), his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.