Mercury Theatre Colchester
Tue 12 Mar 2024
7:30 pm
Captioned in house by Mercury Theatre Colchester
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Jack Worthing is living a double life.
To escape his dull country existence, he has invented a younger brother called Ernest, whose scandalous behaviour requires Jack to regularly travel to London. Once in the city, Jack becomes Ernest, a playboy with a decadent reputation. He is head over heels in love with Gwendolyn Fairfax, the daughter of the formidable Lady Bracknell. When his best friend Algernon discovers that Jack has a secret identity and a beautiful niece called Cecily, he heads down to the country posing as the delinquent brother Ernest.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest comedies ever written, The Importance of Being Earnest zings with contemporary relevance, subversively satirising the snobbery and hypocrisy of extreme wealth and excess.
Oscar Wilde’s dazzling wit gets a stylish makeover from our creative director Ryan McBryde, who last had us in stitches with the madcap farces They Don’t Pay? We Don’t Pay! and The Comedy Of Errors.
Sparkling with razor sharp quips and lush period design, this gold-standard comedy guarantees a Wilde night out!