The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Aftershow Q&A on Monday 16 March, 7.15pm
Captioned performance Saturday 21 March, 2.15pm
Two scheming bachelors, several alter-egos - and a handbag.
Oscar Wilde’s “trivial play for serious people” assaults class, gender and sentiment with its dazzling verbal games.
Dubliner Oscar Wilde had become one of the most successful playwrights in London by the time The Importance of Being Earnest opened in the West End on St Valentine’s Day, 1895; his previous hits had included A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and Lady Windermere’s Fan. Now his most popular play, The Importance of Being Earnest originally played for just 86 performances before Wilde’s conviction for gross indecency in the spring of 1895.
Neil Bartlett was artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith from 1994-2005. His long-standing interest in Wilde’s work has included his ground-breaking 1988 study Who Was That Man?; the play In Extremis: A Love Letter, commissioned by the National Theatre for the 100th anniversary of Wilde’s death; and productions of both An Ideal Husband and The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Abbey in Dublin.
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