A Curve & Birmingham Repertory Theatre Co-Production

The Importance of Being Earnest

Synopsis

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“The truth is rarely pure and never simple”

Artistic Director Nikolai Foster gives The Importance of Being Earnest the Made at Curve treatment with a fresh, contemporary spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic play.

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.

Starring 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 an evening of 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”.

Tickets

£24* – £14*
Previews (6 – 10 Oct) £12* – £7*

DISCOUNTS
£12*
 Under 16s
£16* 16 – 26 yrs
£2.50 off for over 60s and registered unemployed
£12 Under 18s school groups
£2.50 off for Groups 10+
15% off for Members
241 tickets for Members on Mon 17 Oct
£5 tickets U26 Members (Mon – Wed performances only)

*Plus a transaction fee of £3 for all card payments. Excludes Members, Groups 10+ and e-tickets. Discounts are subject to availability and are only available on certain performances.

Credits & Acknowledgments

DIRECTOR NIKOLAI FOSTER
DESIGNER ISLA SHAW
COMPOSER DOUGAL IRVINE
LIGHTING DESIGNER BEN CRACKNELL
SOUND DESIGNER DAN HOOLE
CASTING DIRECTOR KAY MAGSON

Reviews

Cast & Creative

Cathy Tyson

Lady Bracknell

Sharan Phull

Cecily Cardew

Edward Franklin

Algernon Moncrieff

Fela Lufadeju

John Worthing

Martha Mackintosh

Gwendolen Fairfax

Angela Clerkin

Miss Prism

Dominic Gately

Rev Canon Chasuble

Darren Bennett

Lane & Merriman