The Importance of Being Earnest has proved to be Oscar Wilde’s most enduring—and endearing—play, filled with witty Victorian aphorisms and Wilde’s own brand of wisdom.
A delicious soufflé of high comedy, unforgettable characters and razor-sharp wit masking a radical, irreverent satire exposing the myths of society.”
The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Little Theatre, Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Road,
Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4UB
Thursday 9th Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March 2023.
3 performances at 7.45pm and a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets £10 Available from online box office or David’s Music, Eastcheap, Letchworth
“First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London, this farcical comedy in which the main protagonists, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, maintain fictitious personae 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, such as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.
“Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only those who can’t get into it do that” (Jack).
“It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?” (Jack).
“In matters of grave importance style, not sincerity is the vital thing” (Gwendolyn).