"witty, earthy and subversive"

"an entertaining conclusion"
-The Evening Standard-

"Fiona Button is the stand-out"

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About the show

‘It is very romantic to be in love. The very essence of romance is uncertainty.’

Dominic Dromgoole revives Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners once more for the West End stage, following a recent revival in 2015 starring David Suchet. Featuring as the ultimate play in a year-long celebratory season of the playwright’s comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest runs for a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Widely considered to be one of the funniest English plays, Wilde’s play is the hilarious story that tangles love, logic and language, as a variety of mishaps and misconceptions create a tumultuous romantic ride for two upper-class couples.

As the play goes on, Jack, Algernon, Gwendolyn and Cecily soon discover that the course of true love may not be as smooth as they thought. One of Wilde’s masterpieces, The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the most commonly staged plays in the country.

Dominic Dromgoole presents the play as part of his season of plays at the Vaudeville Theatre, which have included A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan and An Ideal Husband, as well as rarely performed works such as De Profundis and The Selfish Giant.

Cast members include Sophie Thompson (Guys and Dolls) as Lady Bracknell, Jeremy Swift (The 39 Steps, Downton Abbey) as Reverend Chasuble and Pippa Nixon as Gwendolyn Fairfax, as well as Fiona Button as Cecily Cardew and Stella Gonet as Miss Prism.

Michael Fentiman directs, with previous credits including productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as Loot and Raising Martha at the Park Theatre. The production features design by Madeleine Girling and costume design by Gabriella Slade.

Promises to be as equally entertaining as the rest of the productions in the Classic Spring Company's year-long residency at the West End venue, The Importance of Being Earnest plays at London’s Vaudeville Theatre from August 2nd to October 20th 2018, with previews beginning July 20th 2018.

Who Should See It?

Those who love Oscar Wilde’s best known play should catch this new revival, and fans of comedy will be delighted by this timeless classic.

The Importance of Being Earnest is suitable for those aged 8 and up.

Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

20th Jul 2018

19th Jan 2021

20th Oct 2018

Running time

2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)


Recommended 8+