The notion that Michael Fentiman’s The Importance of Being Earnest has ruffled a few feathers by daring to do something different, plus the kind of casting that I could never resist, meant that I had to see for myself.
In Michael Fentiman’s strictly period production, it’s hard to see what we’re meant to care about, and what is supposed to resonate with us. It’s a pleasant enough thing, but there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about it.
Michael Fentiman’s production of Oscar Wilde’s beloved comedy is the final production in Classic Spring’s year-long Oscar Wilde season, running until 20 October 2018 at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…
Classic Spring’s Wilde Season has been a huge success and this is a joyous, irreverent and enjoyable production to finish the run.
The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre is great fun. Though I can’t think what Oscar’s audience would have said about Algy pinching Jack’s bum.
This year may be the battle of the Cymbelines, with the Royal Shakespeare Company presenting their take while the Globe present two versions, one currently running in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Imogen (a “retitled and reclaimed” production) part of Emma Rice’s inaugural season. Last year the two establishments presented alternate takes on The Merchant of Venice with Polly Findlay’s RSC production the first to arrive on DVD.establishments presented alternate takes on The Merchant of Venice with Polly Findlay’s RSC production the first to arrive on DVD.