The Importance of Being Earnest comes live from London to Diss
PUBLISHED: 14:49 05 October 2018
A season of Oscar Wilde classics that have been shown live from London around the country will end on a high with perhaps his most famous play The Importance of Being Earnest, with a screening in Diss.
This is the final instalment of Classic Spring’s critically acclaimed Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright.
Widely considered one of the funniest plays in English, Wilde’s much loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays.
Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners.
It comes live to Diss Corn Hall on October 9 from the Vaudeville Theatre in London featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson in the role of the infamous matriarch Lady Bracknell.
Michael Fentiman’s adaptation also stars Downton Abbey actor Jeremy Swift, alongside Fiona Button, Pippa Nixon and Stella Gonet.
The new production rounds off what has been a hugely popular celebratory season Oscar Wilde, revolving around his four great Victorian plays, the others being A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan and An Ideal Husband, which shocked and redefined British theatre and still resonate today.
The season is the first offering from Classic Spring, the new theatre company from Dominic Dromgoole, recent Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe.
Classic Spring aims to celebrate the ground-breaking work of playwrights and rediscover the original brilliant wit and bold social critique within the theatres they loved.
Dromgoole said: “It has always been my pleasure and privilege to support the voices of writers, whether new writers at the Bush, the Old Vic or the Globe, or Shakespeare, the mainspring of our theatre culture. This is a wonderful chance to present the work of more writers, who still speak to us piercingly and profoundly today.”
• The Importance of Being Earnest screens at Diss Corn Hall on October 9, 7.15pm, £13, £10 under-18s, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk