The Importance of Being Earnest plays at Welwyn Garden City theatre

PUBLISHED: 19:36 26 August 2012

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest


OSCAR Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest takes the stage in Welwyn Garden City next month.

IN these dark and austere times, what we all need is a reason to be cheerful; a tried-and-tested, feel-good remedy for the ills of modern life.

Perhaps a look back to happier, distant times. Perhaps some Oscar Wilde?

As if in answer to these prayers, London Classic Theatre Company is bringing The Importance of Being Earnest to the Hawthorne Theatre, in WGC, next month – and you couldn’t ask for a funnier, frothier night out.

Featuring sparkling dialogue, wonderful characters, gloriously improbable plot twists, a sprinkling of romance and some of the most quotable lines in theatre, it’s a classic that transcends its age.

In the country, Jack has a large home, an 18-year-old ward, Cecily, to look after and is very serious.

But in the city he is Earnest – a young wag with a dastardly reputation and a good friend in the shape of fellow bachelor Algy.

However, when he wants to marry his urban love Gwendolen, he meets opposition from her guardian Lady Bracknell.

Jack tells Gwendolen where his rural home is – and Algy overhears.

Enticed by Jack’s description of his ward Cecily, Algy travels to Jack’s home and poses as his made up brother Earnest.

However, the arrival of Gwendolen puts the cat among the pigeons in a most frightful way that can only be resolved with delightful charm and wit (and some good fortune).

A classic farce from a company that always delivers impeccably staged productions – they were at the Hawthorne Theatre recently with a magnificent production of Equus – The Importance of Being Earnest is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours and forget the cares of everyday life.

* London Classic Theatre presents The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, from Monday, September 10 to Wednesday, September 12, with performances at 7.30pm. There’s also a Wednesday matinee at 3pm.

Tickets are £16.50, £13.50 concessions.

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