Yaow Theatre presents The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
“A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”
John Worthing (Jack), of the Manor House, Woolton in Hertfordshire, takes very seriously his responsibilities as guardian to Cecily Cardew who is tutored at home by her governess, Miss Prism. In spite of his respectability as a country gentleman, Jack has secretly invented a reprobate ‘brother’, Ernest, and led a double life in London using his sibling’s name. His friend, Algernon Moncrieff, a debonair Mayfair bachelor who also leads a double life, becomes suspicious when Jack refuses to explain who Cecily really is and Algernon decides to find out for himself.
Jack is in love with Algernon’s cousin, the Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax whose mother, the ‘gorgon’ Lady Bracknell, is adamant that her daughter will only marry a man with a perfectly suitable pedigree. By the same token, Jack refuses to allow Cecily to marry without his consent. Dr Chasuble, Rector of Woolton who has sworn a vow of chastity, struggles to resist the admiring attentions of Cecily’s governess, Miss Prism.
Wilde’s masterpiece, first performed in 1895, is a biting parody of marriage, manners and English aristocracy. The action follows three stories of ‘forbidden’ love, and true identities are revealed in a hilarious conclusion to the play’s deliciously witty satire of Victorian values and London society.
YAOW Theatre will perform the play in a contemporary style.
There will be two intervals of around 15-20 minutes.