Oscar Wilde’s theatrical masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest comedies in the English language.
Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbable plot twists and a sprinkling of romance – it has it all and it is being staged at Derby Theatre from November 6- 10.
Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Algernon is in love with Cecily. But when an identity crisis spirals out of control, the previously separate worlds of town and country collide and delicious mayhem ensues. Thoughts of marriage and a happy ending must be put on hold until the inimitable Lady Bracknell can be convinced that the young men are worthy suitors.
The Importance of Being Earnest has delighted millions since its first London performance in 1895. A scintillating comedy of manners, Oscar Wilde’s best-loved work overflows with dazzling word play and comic invention.
Tea and scones with clotted cream and jam will be on sale in the theatre’s cafe between 12 noon and 5pm each day of the show.
You can also enhance your visit with a pre-show talk on Thursday November 8 with Teresa Barnard (lecturer in English Literature) and a post-show discussion on the first night November 6 with the show’s company.