OSCAR Wilde’s epigrams have become so well-known over the years that when his plays are performed the audience waits to see how they are delivered.
The Importance of Being Earnest is perhaps one of Wilde’s best-loved works - and theatre-goers will see his sparkling wit and wordplay brought to life in a new production which is coming to Mansfield’s Palace Theatre on 22nd November.
The comedy of manners, which is known for its ever-quotable ‘handbag’ line, is being brought to the Palace by members of London Classic Theatre and promises plenty of period costume and delightful comic twists.
It tells the tale of two idle members of the London aristocracy, Jack and Algernon, who lead double lives in the town and the countryside.
Jack is in love with Gwendolen and Algernon is in love with Cecily - but when an identity crisis spirals out of control, the previously separate worlds of town and country collide and spark off a series of improbable events.
And even though true love prevails in the end, the happy couples have just one more hurdle to get past: the domineering Lady Bracknell.
The play, which was first performed in 1895, is also a biting social satire, which pokes run at the manners and values of the Victorian upper classes.
In 2010, London Classic Theatre celebrated 10 years on tour, having performed to over 300,000 people at more than 150 theatres and arts centres around the UK and Ireland.
The company’s past productions include works by Joe Orton, Harold Pinter, Brian Friel and Mike Leigh.
Earlier this year, the company brought their production of Equus to the Palace as part of a UK-wide tour.
Tickets for the production are priced at £14 with concessions available. For details or to buy tickets call the Box Office on Mansfield 633133 or you can select your seat online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre.