The Importance of Being Earnest, Rose Theatre

The Importance of Being Earnest Tickets

Rose Theatre Kingston, London

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Wilde’s riotous comedy of false identities and true love reimagined

Oscar Wilde’s genius humour meets contemporary culture in a theatrical rollercoaster packed with shade, wit and plenty of gags.

2021 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award winner, Denzel Westley-Sanderson breathes fresh new life into Wilde’s sharpest and wittiest comedy: The Importance of Being Earnest.

This is a classic satire, vibrantly retold about dysfunctional families, class, gender and sexuality.

The Importance of Being Earnest is booking from 1 November 2022 until 12 November 2022 at Rose Theatre Kingston.

What is The Importance of Being Earnest about?

Wilde’s satire of Victorian manners, opens as two bachelors, the dependable John Worthing J.P. and upper class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, create different identities for themselves in order to pursue two eligible young ladies: Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax.

The hilarious misadventures which result from their subterfuge, including brushes with the inimitable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism, makes for a plot full of twists and some of the wittiest and most sparkling dialogue ever written for the stage.

Who’s in The Importance of Being Earnest cast?

The cast features Justice Ritchie, Abiola Owokoniran, Daniel Jacob, Anita Reynolds, Adele James, Joanne Henry, Valentine Hanson and Phoebe Campbell.

Creative team

Directed by Denzel Westley-Sanderson with design by Lily Arnold, lighting by Zoe Spurr, Sound by Beth Duke and movement by Tinovimbanashe Sibanda. Assistant director is Becca Chadder and dramaturg is Phillippe Cato.

Show Information

Age restrictions
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
Booking to 12 November 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

Venue Information

Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street , Kingston, KT1 1HL
Nearest Tube or Train: Kingston Station (Rail)
Nearest Buses: K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, X26, 57, 65, 71, 85, 111, 131, 213, 216, 281, 285, 371, 406, 411, 418, 465, 481

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West End production of The Importance of Being Earnest to get live broadcast
Classic Spring's West End production of The Importance of Being Earnest will be broadcast live from the West End to over 440 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Tuesday 9 October 2018. Widely considered one of the funniest plays in English, Wilde’s classic comedy of false identities and true love is a superb satire of Victorian manners. The production stars Sophie Thompson (Coronation Street, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Fiona Button (The Split), Pippa Nixon (Grantchester), Stella Gonet (The House of Elliott) and Jeremy Swift (Downton Abbey). Described by the critics as “a comic and energetic delight” (Sunday Times ****), “exceptionally funny” (Daily Express ****) and “absolutely hilarious” (WhatsOnStage *****), Michael Fentiman’s production breathes fresh life into one of the most beautifully crafted comedies of all time. The Importance of Being Earnest is the fourth and final production in Classic Spring's year-long celebration of Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. The Oscar Wilde season has included acclaimed performances from luminaries such as Jennifer Saunders, Edward & Freddie Fox and Anne Reid. Hugely enjoyed by audiences nationwide, the season will return to cinemas next year with encore screenings of the first three productions beginning with A Woman of No Importance on 23 January, followed by Lady Windermere’s Fan on 27 February and An Ideal Husband on 27 March 2019. Buy tickets to The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is booking until 20 October 2018 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London

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