Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners is rightly regarded as a classic, so we must give thanks for Ayesha Casley-Hayford and Kudzanayi Chiwawa coming along and giving The Importance of Being Earnest a new lease of life, with the backing of Two Gents Productions and Tara Arts.
Oscar Wilde meets Shameless and the critics and Offies judges love it. We’ve rounded up our favourite review highlights for the new Yorkshire-set Th’Importance of Bein’ Earnest, which continues at London’s Drayton Arms Theatre until 23 February. Get booking before it’s too late!
Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy is coming to Yorkshire… via London’s Drayton Arms Theatre this week. Th’Importance of Bein’ Earnest had its get-in yesterday. What did the company get up to in rehearsals? See our photo gallery – and then get booking!
Luke Adamson co-directs, co-produces and stars in Th’Importance of Bein’ Earnest, which relocates Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy to a Yorkshire council estate. He pays tribute to Northern Broadsides’ Barrie Rutter, London’s Hope Theatre and his new company’s co-founders. Read our interview with Luke below – and then get booking!
Oscar Wilde’s best-known comedy of Victorian London manners receives a modern makeover via a modern Yorkshire council estate. Th’Importance of Bein’ Earnest premieres next month for a limited fringe season. Time to get booking!
So many of the recommendations for shows to see next year focus on the West End. And for sure, I’m excited to catch big ticket numbers like All About Eve, Come From Away and Waitress, but I wanted to cast my eye a little further afield.
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.
As Classic Spring’s year-long Oscar Wilde season comes to a close, its timely to reflect on what it has achieved. Did the season really add anything to our perception of Oscar Wilde and his work?
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…
From news headlines and Twitter gems to must-read columns and the biggest openings in London, New York and Edinburgh, Mark Shenton – currently resident in Provincetown, Massachusetts for the summer – rounds up the most interesting theatre goings-on that made his finely tuned radar. Ian McKellen, Rosemary Harris, Laura Wade, Mark Rylance, Dominic Dromgoole and desperate EdFringe review pleas all feature this week…
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.
Here’s Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the shows to look out for during August… if you aren’t heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Classic Spring has announced that Fiona Button (Cecily Cardew) and Stella Gonet (Miss Prism) have been cast in Michael Fentiman’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October 2018, press night is 2 August), with Pippa Nixon replacing Sinead Matthews as Gwendolyn Fairfax.
Classic Spring has announced that Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson will play Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at London’s Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October, press night is 2 August).
Overall it is a good, if uneven, workman-like production of The Importance of Being Earnest that struggles, at times, to be funny. It delivers the goods without any flourishes of inspiration.
Lots of different things opening across the country in March. In London there are a lot of Fringe and Off West End productions coming your way.
Kerry Ellis will star as Gwendolen, her first non-singing role, at selected venues in the 2018 UK tour of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Sarah Redmond’s production for the Brockley Jack thankfully forgoes any gimmickry with a relatively straightforward interpretation, and if the result is comforting rather than pulse-quickening, well, that’s no bad thing in the end.
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