The Importance of Being Earnest
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'It is very romantic to be in love. The very essence of romance is uncertainty'

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 will star Olivier-Award winner Sophie Thompson as Lady Bracknell (Guys and Dolls, Chichester/West End; Four Weddings and a Funeral), Jeremy Swift in the role of Reverend Chasuble (Downton Abbey, ITV), Sine?ad Matthews as Gwendolyn Fairfax (Absolute Hell and Hedda Gabler, National Theatre) and Fiona Button as Cecily Cardew (The Split, BBC).

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SOPHIE THOMPSON WILL PLAY LADY BRACKNELL IN CLASSIC SPRING'S THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (31 MAY 2018)

Classic Spring has announced that Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson (recently on stage in Guys and Dolls (Chichester), and well-known for her film roles, including: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Emma, Gosford Park and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1) will play Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at London's Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October). Directed by Michael Fentiman, the production also stars Jeremy Swift (best-known for his role in ITV's Downton Abbey) in the role of Reverend Chasuble and Sinéad Matthews (currently at the National Theatre in Absolute Hell) as Gwendolyn Fairfax.

The Importance of Being Earnest is the last in a cycle of productions celebrating Wilde, which has included all four of the writer's major social comedies, a solo performance of De Profundis by Simon Callow, now transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a reworking of Wilde's fairy tales for children presented by Tall Stories, and a musical version of The Selfish Giant, presented in Northampton and London. These productions have been seen by over 120,000 people in the Vaudeville, and 80,000 more on cinema screens.

Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Classic Spring, said: "We have brought thousands of people new to Wilde, and many new to the West End, into the glittering and liberating confusions of his world. It has also been a massive pleasure to work with so many great actors. It is with delight and excitement that we look forward to this continuing celebration of writer and actors with The Importance of Being Earnest."









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Type of production: Comedy

Opened: 20 July 2018

Booking until: 20 October 2018

Running time: To be Confirmed

Prices: £26.00 - £73.00

Author / playwright: Noel Coward

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