New production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

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I HAD studied Oscar Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest at school so I was looking forward to a new production of it at Nottingham Playhouse.

This delightful comedy of manners, directed by Giles Croft, follows Algernon and his friend Jack and their enjoyment of ‘Bunburying’ which allows them to lead double lives.

It is a play full of ‘perfectly phrased’ epigrams and good old fashioned farce, but for all its charming frivolity and sparkling wit, there are also subtle digs at the Victorian upper classes, whether it be their manners, values or politics.

With the action taking place against a lavish set design, all the cast members executed their lines perfectly, especially the formidable, comic but surprisingly complex character of Lady Bracknell (played by Joanna Brookes).

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