The Importance of Being Earnest

Date(s) - 13 Aug 2014
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

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Presented by State Theatre Company and Envestra
By Oscar Wilde

I never change, except in my affections.

Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and much-loved comedy of love, manners and mistaken identity – The Importance of Being Earnest has been delighting audiences for over 100 years.

Set within the stifling conventions of Victorian England, two young bachelors have taken to bending the rules and the truth to add a dash of excitement to their lives. Jack invents a brother Ernest as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind so that he may pursue Gwendolen, the delectable daughter of Lady Bracknell. Across town Algernon decides to take the name Ernest, when visiting Jack’s young ward Cecily. When each gentleman is forced to unwind his web of lies and reveal himself – being “earnest” takes on a whole new meaning!

Grand dame of the Australian theatre Nancye Hayes (Metro Street) returns to State Theatre Company to bring the formidable and acidic Lady Bracknell to life alongside the elastic and hilarious Nathan O’Keefe (The Comedy of Errors, Hedda Gabler) as Algernon.

The Importance of Being Earnest also tours to Canberra, Geelong and Wollongong.

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