The Importance Of Being Earnest

Presented by The Original Theatre Company

Tuesday 24 April 2018 to Saturday 28 April 2018

Devonshire Park Theatre

By Oscar Wilde
Starring Gwen Taylor and Susan Penhaligon
Directed by Alastair Whatley

The Importance Being Earnest by the master of comedy Oscar Wilde, makes a welcome return to Eastbourne society in this wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival from The Original Theatre Company. 

Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin the beautiful Gwendolen but first he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station. Prepare to take a welcome turn with Wilde’s much-loved Algernon, Jack, Gwendolen and Cecily, as town and country clash in a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags.

Starring national treasure Gwen Taylor (Coronation Street, Duty Free and Barbara) as the formidable Lady Bracknell, Downton Abbey favourite Thomas Howes as Algernon, West End star Peter Sandys-Clarke as Jack and the delightful Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire and A Fine Romance) as the hapless Miss Prism.

Times & Prices

Tue - Sat 7.45pm
Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Tue - Thu 7.45pm £18 - £23.50
Fri & Sat 7.45pm £18 - £25.50
Wed 2.30pm 19
Sat 2.30pm £19 - £21

Concessions £1.50 off (7.45pm)
Under 16s & Students £9
Under 25s £10
Groups Buy Over 10 tickets receive 10% off (7.45pm only)

Friends of The Devonshire Park Theatre 25% off (First Night Only)

Prices inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee

Additional Info

This production will have 2 x 15 minute intervals

Act 1  - 40 mins
Act 2 - 40 mins
Act 3 - 35 mins

Approx total running time 2 hours 40 including intervals.

Audio described performance Fri 7.45pm & Sat 2.30pm


★★★★ 'jovial and energetic… satisfyingly rich take on Oscar Wilde’s airy comedy’ The Stage 

★★★★ 'a delight… a great evening guaranteed to make you laugh’ Essential Surrey 

★★★★ 'charming, warm and true… effortlessly witty’ London Theatre 1 


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