Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is coming to Rugby Theatre between Saturday September 21 and 28.
First performed on February 14 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personas in order to escape burdensome social obligations.
Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.
Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.
According to the show’s producers at Rugby Theatre, “This masterpiece has everything – wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, a roller-coasting plot and above all, a happy ending for all.
“Oscar Wilde’s best-loved work overflows with dazzling wordplay and comic invention. His deceptively flippant comedy has enthralled millions of theatre-goers since 1895.”
The story, set in Victorian England, introduces two young bachelors Jack and Algernon who add a touch of spice to their dull but privileged lives by weaving a tangle of invention.
The importance of being “earnest” takes on another new meaning as their web of lies is untangled.
Performances take place in the evenings at 7.30pm between Saturday 21 to 28 except Sunday September 22.
Standard tickets for the show cost £11 from Rugby Theatre Box Office (01788) 541234. See rugbytheatre.co.uk for more.