The Importance of Being Earnest

Classic Spring is a new theatre company, formed by Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) to celebrate the bold and ground breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote.

“Launched with a flourish” (The Sunday Times), Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season promises to cast new light on Wilde's ground-breaking work, showing how more than a century on, he still strikes to the heart of social scandal.


What Is The Importance of Being Earnest About?

Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. Don’t miss the final instalment of Classic Spring’s ‘deliciously charming’ (Sunday Times) Oscar Wilde Season.

Michael Fentiman’s witty new production stars Olivier-Award winner and five-time Oliver-Award nominee Sophie Thompson (Guys and Dolls, Chichester/West End; Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Jeremy Swift (Downton Abbey, ITV), alongside Fiona Button (The Split, BBC), Pippa Nixon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC) and Stella Gonet (House of Elliot, BBC; Handbagged, Hampstead Theatre/West End).


★★★★ ‘BRILLIANTLY FUNNY’ - The Times

★★★★ ‘MAGNIFICENT’ - Sunday Times

★★★★ ‘CHARMING’ - Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘TRIUMPHANT’ - Arts Desk


Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 2:30pm

Please note – no matinee on Saturday 21nd July, Tuesday 24th July, Thursday 2nd August or Tuesday 10th October 2018


Sophie Thompson, Jeremy Swift, Fiona Button, Pippa Nixon and Stella Gonet

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Suitable For Children

Age guidance: ages 8 plus

Cancellation Policy

Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 2:30pm

Requesting Refund

 No exchanges or refunds after purchase. 

Where Do I Go

404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH


4.6(42 reviews)
  • Dana H

    Oct 24, 2018

    Really great play with a wonderful cast. Great night at the theater!

  • Brenda

    Oct 23, 2018

    Thoroughly enjoyable play. Clear speaking and great stage presence by all the actors. However, I didn't think it necessary to have same sex kissing and this spoilt it a little for me. But a fabulously funny play and I am so glad I went.

  • Dean

    Oct 11, 2018

    We really enjoyed this performance of Oscar Wilde's classic play. Great casting and superb performances all round.