The Importance of Being Earnest


Two scheming bachelors, several alter-egos - and a handbag. Oscar Wilde's "trivial play for serious people" assaults class, gender and sentiment with its dazzling verbal games.
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Overview


Genre: Comedy
Venue: RADA
Starts: Thursday 12 March 2020
Closes: Saturday 21 March 2020
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


Neil Bartlett was artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith from 1994-2005.


His long-standing interest in Wilde's work has included his ground-breaking 1998 study Who Was That Man?; the play In Extremis: A Love Letter, commissioned by the National Theatre for the 100th anniversary of Wilde's death; and productions of both An Ideal Husband and The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Abbey in Dublin.


Synopsis


Two scheming bachelors, several alter-egos - and a handbag.


Oscar Wilde's "trivial play for serious people" assaults class, gender and sentiment with its dazzling verbal games.


Dubliner Oscar Wilde had become one of the most successful playwrights in London by the time The Importance of Being Earnest opened in the West End on St Valentine's Day, 1895; his previous hits had included A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and Lady Windermere's Fan.


Now his most popular play, The Importance of Being Earnest originally played for just 86 performances before Wilde's conviction for gross indecency in the spring of 1895.


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Dates


Previews from:Thursday 12 March 2020

Closes:Saturday 21 March 2020

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑15pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑15pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑15pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑15pm

Friday ‑ 7‑15pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑15pm


Matinee:

Wednesday - 2-15pm (18 March)

Saturday - 2-15pm (21 March)


Tickets


Standard:
£16

Concessions:
£6 to £12

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Creatives


Author: Oscar Wilde
Director: Neil Bartlett
Designer: Grace Venning

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