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The Importance Of Being Earnest

The Importance Of Being Earnest Tickets

4.5/5 - based on 72 reviews
  • Starring: David Suchet
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About The Importance Of Being Earnest

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

David Suchet

The Importance Of Being Earnest description

The Importance of Being Earnest – A handbag?

It’s the tail end of the Victorian era. The strict social code the time is so famous for is at its most powerful. And Oscar Wilde mercilessly took the mickey out of it. It was a risky business considering he flouted the code at every turn and his homosexuality put him at constant risk of imprisonment. But he wrote The Importance of Being Earnest anyway, to the utter delight of his many fans. Soon afterwards a nasty row with his lover’s father led to disaster, with a court case, an eventual conviction for ‘gross indecency’ and a sentence of hard labour. And that was that. The production is directed by Adrian Noble.

The Importance of Being Earnest - The story

Jack and Algernon are rich and posh. Jack lives quietly and respectably in the country with his young ward Cecily. He has invented a naughty younger brother who he uses as an excuse to visit London whenever he wants to escape from the countryside. Algernon, in London, has also dreamed up an imaginary friend, the invalid Bunbury, who he ‘visits’ in the country whenever he wants to get out of a social occasion he doesn’t fancy.

Jack wants to marry Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen but her mother, Lady Bracknell, is a stupendously snobbish force to be reckoned with. Jack was abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station and is of uncertain parentage, which makes convincing Lady Bracknell of his worth a very tough task.

Algernon visits Jack and introduces himself to Cecily as Ernest, knowing she is captivated by the tales of Ernest’s wickedness, and they become engaged. But when Jack arrives home and tells everyone Ernest is dead, things start to unravel…

The Importance of Being Earnest theatre tickets – Hilarious period satire

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The Importance Of Being Earnest reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 72 reviews

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Recommended for:

Anyone (76%)
Families (76%)
Teenagers (81%)
Couples (93%)
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Latest customer reviews

Reviewed on 18 November 2015 by , Derry, United Kingdom

Outstanding saturday afternoon

Reviewed on 11 November 2015 by , Bedford, United Kingdom

Loved every minute!

Reviewed on 11 November 2015 by , Mesa, United States


Reviewed on 09 November 2015 by , Exeter, United Kingdom

good quality show

Excellent acting

Reviewed on 30 October 2015 by , Tr3 6hs, United Kingdom

Clever and Amusing

Great story, very clever and amusing, excellent acting by everyone. A really great night out. Jim Reeve

Reviewed on 21 October 2015 by , London, United Kingdom


Nothing to write home about

Reviewed on 20 October 2015 by , Oakworth, United Kingdom

Classic comedy

Entertaining and wonderful acting.

Reviewed on 16 October 2015 by , Beccles, United Kingdom

Extremely hilarious

Excellent show, really enjoyed it, acting was extremely good, laughed out loud, so funny, would recommend it to anyone

Reviewed on 05 October 2015 by , Waltham Cross, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 03 October 2015 by , Church Stretton, United Kingdom


Couldn't attend due to illness, no cancellation policy, so wasted money

Reviewed on 03 October 2015 by , Hinckley, United Kingdom

Best at being Ernest

We very much enjoyed the show. It was a very good production of a play I have seen many times before. All the actors & actresses were excellent. It has good sets. For anyone who likes this sort of theatre I recommend that you go and see it.

Reviewed on 01 October 2015 by , Brentwood, United Kingdom

Karen Hume
Colorful, educational for youngsters!

The world is blessed to have David Suchet! And the whole cast are just sooooo fabulous! My husband in Norway gave me a plane ticket to go to London to see the show! as a birthday present! Even though we have given everything we own away, he said it is a must before leaving the planet earth! Best evening ever! (next to loving each other.....) Best regards Karen

Reviewed on 27 September 2015 by , Oslo, Norway

Need to see

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by , Rochester, United Kingdom


I am a great fan of this play and this was the first time I had seen it performed live. Loved David Suchet as Lady Bracknell and miss Prism was perfect. A lovely time at the vaudeville theatre

Reviewed on 25 September 2015 by , East St Kilda, Australia

Great to see David as Lady Bracknell

We enjoyed the show but the actors were talking very fast. If I had not known the play I would have found it difficult to follow. Also Cecily's little girl voice was irritating. The scenery sets were fantastic

Reviewed on 24 September 2015 by , Broadway Ilminster, United Kingdom

Amazing. Simply amazing.

A great show. A great cast. David Suchet was as god in a female role, as in every male roles he has played. No less admirations for the rest of the cast. Amazingly talented actors, passionately performing a classical text, bringing something new in Wild's play. If you want to feel good, to laugh from heart, to see something greatly and masterly made - I recomend that it is IMPORTANT to see The Importance of Being Earnest. Alexander Angelov

Reviewed on 19 September 2015 by , Oslo, Norway

Applause Applause!

Reviewed on 16 September 2015 by , Granbury, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 15 September 2015 by , Brighton, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 13 September 2015 by , Guernsey, United Kingdom

Constant laughter

Reviewed on 06 September 2015 by , Cowes, United Kingdom

Must See!

Reviewed on 05 September 2015 by , Delafield, United States

An old favourite played to perfection

Reviewed on 04 September 2015 by , San Francisco, United States


We loved this show, an absolute ensemble piece, but the standouts were Cicely and Algernon, brilliant to watch even when they weren't the focus of the scene, i'd recommend it to anyone who wants a laugh

Reviewed on 03 September 2015 by , Pontypridd, United Kingdom

A hilarious must-see!

Reviewed on 01 September 2015 by , London, United Kingdom

The Importance Of Being Suchet

Forget his wonderful TV performances, David Suchet's stage presence is gargantuan. Having seen him on stage before, I knew what to expect, but this was absolutely terrific. These period pieces are sometimes difficult to find the humour in, not so this adaptation, I didn't realise how funny this play is. The (in the main) young cast must revel in the chance to 'up their game' competing against an old 'pro' like Suchet. From the Robert Downey Jnr lookalike, Philip Cumbus to another veteran, Michelle Dotrice, the cast gelled very nicely together. A wonderful experience, especially as it was a birthday treat for my Wife and me. Many thanks to those who brought it into being and those who performed it.

Reviewed on 24 August 2015 by , Gillingham, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 23 August 2015 by , London, United Kingdom

Excellent - the humour is timeless

Reviewed on 20 August 2015 by , Sissinghurst, United Kingdom

absolutely fantastic

Reviewed on 09 August 2015 by , Derby, United Kingdom


David Suchet was excellent, supporting cast not so good

Reviewed on 29 July 2015 by , Skipton, United Kingdom

Great acting!

The play is taken to another level of enjoyment when the actors are so superb. Suchet is of course brilliant, but the rest of the cast gave insightful and witty interpretations.

Reviewed on 25 July 2015 by , Burton On Trent, United Kingdom

funny, witty, uplifting, fantastic play!!!

Reviewed on 24 July 2015 by , Sentosa Island, Singapore

Great entertainment

The show was great fun to watch and the three set designs were quite impressive and really help to set the scene. The plot was very easy to follow and it was amusing watching the story unravel on stage

Reviewed on 20 July 2015 by , Maidstone, United Kingdom

Genius writing deserves top class acting- and this is what you get. An absolute joy.

This is a theatrical triumph from beginning to end. From perfect set, to fabulous costumes, and superb acting, transforming an 1895 classic into a modern gem. I had a smile on my face from beginning to end, as did my 13 year old son.Do not miss the opportunity to remind yourself of the true brilliance of a talented author. Inspiring.

Reviewed on 16 July 2015 by , London, United Kingdom

A+ acting and witty script

Two out of the four people in my party don't usually enjoy the theater, but all four of us enjoyed this show immensely. The witty script and comedic skills of the actors kept us all entertained up to the last minute. A fantastic choice for our London theater event.

Reviewed on 09 July 2015 by , Redmond, United States

A must see

Super show & superb cast. Very funny. One of the best productions we have seen.

Reviewed on 02 July 2015 by , Bedford, United Kingdom

Great show

This was a very good production headlined by David suchet who was excellent and along with a very good cast made for a thoroughly enjoying evening. I have never laughed so much as I did last night

Reviewed on 26 June 2015 by

all we had hoped it would be!

We came half way around the world to see this show! Not entirely, but on discovering it was on at the same time that we were in London, I was keen to make the booking from Australia. Booking went without a hitch, and the experience of seeing on the stage faces and voices we normally only know via the screen was delightful. The placement of Oscar Wilde's wonderful play within a further storyline about an amateur dramatic society was done cleverly and only enhanced the experience. One word of advice to patrons of the Harold Pinter Theatre - brign a cushion! Backside was very sore by half time!

Reviewed on 03 October 2014 by


This is a brilliant performance of an evergreen classic-first rate actors in a timeless piece.

Reviewed on 21 September 2014 by

Great production

A great twist in an excellent story.

Reviewed on 01 September 2014 by

Brilliant fun! Ignore the reviews and go anyway

Sme reviews were sniffy about the play within a play concept. It is true that the evening really takes off when Oscar Wild's play starts but the cast are great fun -particularly Martin Jarvis and Nigel Havers

Reviewed on 28 August 2014 by

classical brilliance

The brilliance of the original dialogue shines through the performance. The modern "framing" adds another level of amusement and fun

Reviewed on 28 August 2014 by

Good show

I was not expecting change in the text in comparison to the Oscar While's text but pass the surprise I appreciated it.

Reviewed on 20 August 2014 by

A well loved classic

Reviewed on 16 August 2014 by

Earnest Review

A new twist on a well known play

Reviewed on 15 August 2014 by

different construct

Wilde fans need to be aware that this is a play within a play, so those looking for classic Wilde will be disappointed

Reviewed on 14 August 2014 by


enjoyable to watch

Reviewed on 06 August 2014 by


Well acted with a great way of presenting a very well known play

Reviewed on 31 July 2014 by

good entertainment

great actors amusing story line

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by

good entertainment

great actors amusing story line

Reviewed on 12 July 2014 by


Reviewed on 10 July 2014 by

Best show I've seen in years

Reviewed on 09 July 2014 by

Vinnie and Chris' View

It was a novel adaptation of a classic. But it retained all of the original witty dialogue.

Reviewed on 08 July 2014 by

Doesn't work

DOn't know why they decided to tamper with the form of this show but it does not work. They have created a silly play within a play and added very un-Wildean slapstick. The play is not organic in the sense that say a Shakespeare is and so does not lend itself to what they have tried to do - very disappointing.

Reviewed on 06 July 2014 by