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Oscar Wilde’s satirical master-work The Importance of Being Earnest comes to the West End starring the inimitable David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Long Day’s Journey into Night) as Lady Bracknell.

Set in England in the 1890's, two young gentlemen have taken to using the pseudonym ‘Earnest’ to escape their onerous social duties. ‘Earnest’ is Jack Worthing’s invented misbehaving brother and the name he uses when courting the lovely Gwendolyn in London. Jack’s cousin Algy, the only person aware of the fabrication, decides to take the same name when visiting Jack’s eye-catching young ward Cecily at the country manor. However, when both young men end up in the country at the same time, their lies begin to unravel…

This comedy of mistaken identity revels in the absurd situations it creates and mercilessly pokes fun at the pomposity of its characters and Victorian manners. A delicious farce and a showcase for the very best of Wilde’s razor-sharp wit, The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde’s most-loved work.

This spring, London’s Vaudeville Theatre will play host to the latest production of one of the English language’s funniest plays.

Customer Reviews

4.7
124 reviews
John and Ann Fields
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5 Nov 2015

A fantastic production and the best play we have seen this year. Excellent witty dialogue, superb acting and fast paced. All left the theater with a smile on their faces. Congratulations to all involved.

Elizabeth Osborne
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4 Nov 2015

Fantastic production of a well-loved play. The cast were tip-top and of course David Suchet as Lady Bracknell was marvellous. An absolute tour de force. My husband and I really enjoyed the evening.

Amanda
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4 Nov 2015

Fantastic performance of a play that is still brimming with social commentary.

Louise Thresh
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3 Nov 2015

What a lovely intimate, old theatre in which it is like taking a step back in time, probably built around same time as the play we saw was created. We had front row dress circle seats and watched the Saturday matinee performance. Imogen Doel as Cecily was superb as were the rest of the cast in equal measure. Having not read or seen The Importance of Being Earnest before, myself and my husband did not know what to expect. We need not have worried. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. I feel spoiled at having watched such a polished, entertaining play, so much so that I did not want it to end. Congratulations to all involved. I will be recommending the play to friends and family but it is a shame the play is coming the end of its run soon as they won't be able to take the opportunity to see it.

Jennifer Harper-Jones
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3 Nov 2015

Beautiful setting, costumes. Very well acted, but Gwendoline spoke so fast that it was difficult to understand all she said. David Suchet excellent, also Algernon and Miss Prism were outstanding. Cicely overdid the "little girl" act.

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When Can I Go

Monday to Saturday: 7.30pm

Wednesday and Saturday Matinee :2.30pm

Where Do I Go

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH.

By Tube - Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo) Embankment (District, Circle)

By Bus-1, 4 , 6, 9, 11, 13 , 15, 68, 76, 171, 176, 188.

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