The Importance of Being Earnest

Southside’s February 2016 production was The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, directed by Anne Chester.

Is the sober Ernest Worthing the upright gentleman he appears to be, or is he leading a double life and concealing a dark secret?

His exuberant friend Algy and the formidable Lady Bracknell are relentless in their pursuit of truth – all in the cause of what passes for true love in Wilde’s sparkling satire on marriage among the upper classes. But the truth, as Algy perceives, “is rarely pure and never simple”.

The Importance of Being Earnest was first performed in 1895 to a rapturous reception, but the subsequent scandal of Oscar Wilde’s criminal trial for homosexuality forced the production to close and it was not revived until 1901, a year after his death.  Since then its countless productions all over the world support actor Nigel Havers’ opinion that it is “the funniest play in the English language”.

Julia Hutchings and Tom Morgan
Barbara Barnes, Aidan Steer and Barbara Jennings
Aidan Steer, Debbie Simmons and Matt Brown
Barbara Barnes, Debbie Simmons, Julia Hutchings and Matt Brown
Jim Thurston
Kerry Clarke and Jo Tanner
Matt Brown, Barbara Jennings, Julia Hutchings, Tom Morgan and Aidan Steer
Aidan Steer, Julia Hutchings and Barbara Jennings
Barbara Barnes and Tom Morgan
Matt Brown and Debbie Simmons
Tim Verity and Julia Hutchings
Tom Morgan and Julia Hutchings
Julia Hutchings and Debbie Simmons
Barbara Barnes, Julia Hutchings and Tom Morgan
Barbara Jennings
Matt Brown and Debbie Simmons
The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest