<em>The Importance of Being Earnest</em>

The Importance of Being Earnest

4 OCT – 8 OCT 2022 – Northern Stage

2021 Sir Peter Hall Directors Award-winner, Denzel Westley-Sanderson breathes fresh new life into Wilde’s sharpest and wittiest comedy: The Importance of Being Earnest.

This theatrical rollercoaster is a joyous celebration of the LGBTQIA+ people, drag performers and black Victorians that so often get written out of period productions.

Smitten with two women who only love men named Ernest, Jack and Algy create alter egos to woo them. Ultimately the truth of their deception is revealed to all, with characteristic Wildean hilarity!


Supported by a grant from the Royal Theatrical Support Trust

Cast: Phoebe Campbell, ValenMne Hanson, Joanne Henry, Daniel Jacob, Adele James, Abiola Owokoniran, Anita Reynolds and Justice Ritchie.

Directed by Denzel Westley-Sanderson; Designed by Lily Arnold; Lighting Design by Zoe Spurr; Sound Design by Beth Duke; Movement Direction by Tinovimbanashe Sibanda; Assistant Direction from Becca Chadder; Dramaturg Phillippe Cato; Casting Director Bryony Jarvis Taylor

Oscar Wilde’s genius humour meets contemporary culture in a theatrical rollercoaster packed with shade, wit and plenty of gags.

2021 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award-winner, Denzel Westley-Sanderson breathes fresh new life into Wilde’s sharpest and wiZest comedy: The Importance of Being Earnest.

This is a classic satire, vibrantly retold about dysfunctional families, class, gender and sexuality.

The Importance of Being Earnest is supported by a grant from the Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST).

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