The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - directed by Gill Reid
Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th November 2012
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People was first performed on 14 February 1895 at St. James's Theatre in London. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.
Jack Worthing, the play’s protagonist, is a pillar of the community in Hertfordshire, where he is guardian to Cecily Cardew, the pretty, eighteen-year-old granddaughter of the late Thomas Cardew, who found and adopted Jack when he was a baby. In Hertfordshire, Jack has responsibilities: he is a major landowner and justice of the peace, with tenants, farmers, and a number of servants and other employees all dependent on him.
For years, he has also pretended to have an irresponsible black-sheep brother named Ernest who leads a scandalous life in pursuit of pleasure and is always getting into trouble of a sort that requires Jack to rush grimly off to his assistance. In fact, Ernest is merely Jack’s alibi, a phantom that allows him to disappear for days at a time and do as he likes.
Jack is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, the cousin of his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff and daughter of the formiddable Lady Bracknell.
This well-loved play, full of wit and charm, is always a joy to watch.
You can also read a review of the play.