The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Mark Thomson
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read
Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners and mores has delighted audiences since it was first staged in 1895. Ernest loves Gwendolyn. Cecily loves Ernest. What could possibly go wrong? Double lives and double standards abound in this masterpiece of satirical wisdom.
Town and country lives become horribly entangled when Algernon’s love-struck friend Jack escapes to the country as his alter-ego Ernest. Identities are assumed at a rate of knots as each confusion leads inexorably to another. Even monstrous Lady Bracknell has secrets to hide concerning a rather celebrated handbag…
Can it all end happily? Will Algernon’s invalid friend Bunbury throw the metaphorical cat among the exceedingly well-mannered pigeons? Join our crack ensemble cast to find out for yourself the vital importance of being earnest!
Cast and Credits
The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest
Mr John Worthing - Ben Deery
Miss Cecily Cardew - Kirsty Mackay
Mr Algernon Moncrieff - Will Featherstone
Hon. Miss Gwendolen Fairfax - Melody Grove
Miss Laetitia Prism - Cara Kelly
Lady Bracknell - Alexandra Mathie
Reverend Canon Frederick Chasuble - Sean Murray
Lane/Merriman - Steve McNicoll
Mr Gribsby - Mark McDonnell
The creative team of The Importance of Being Earnest
Director - Mark Thomson
Designer - Neil Murray
LX Designer - Johanna Town
Sound Designer/Composer - Philip Pinsky
Dialect Coach - Ros Steen
Movement Director - Malcolm Shields
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Dates and Times
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"What the hell is a Bunberry? Who cares? This was a great show."
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"an enjoyable comic treat from the first cucumber sandwich to the last crumb of muffin"
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"fresh, sparkling... the entire cast is quite superb"
Edinburgh Guide ★★★★★
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