The Importance Of Being Earnest

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The Show

David Suchet will star as Lady Bracknell is Oscar Wilde's much loved materpiece The Importance Of Being Earnest this spring. Wilde's superb satire on Victorian manners is one of the funniest plays in the English language - the delightful repartee and hilarious piercing of hypocrisy and pomposity can still make you laugh out loud.

The Story

Two bachelors, the dependable John Worthing, J.P and upper-class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, feel compelled to create different identities in order to pursue two eligible ladies, Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax. 

Hilarious misadventures result from their subterfuge: their brushes with the redoubtable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism punctuate a serpentine plot that fizzes with some of the finest dialogue in all of theatre.

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Reviews

Enjoyment, most notably from Sian Phillips as a vulture-like Lady Bracknell whose voice swoops and soars to tremendous effect

- The Daily Telegraph

Martin Jarvis and Nigel Havers… are reunited in their glorious double-act

- The Independent

Philips is one of the best Lady Bracknells I have ever seen

- Daily Express

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The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.

Venue Info

Vaudeville Theatre

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The Vaudeville Theatre is situated on The Strand in the West End of London, close to Charing Cross rail and tube stations. The Vaudeville Theatre has had just five owners since 1892. The current, 700 seat venue was built in 1926.


The first production at the Vaudeville Theatre was RSVP by Archie de Bear, which opened on February 23 1926. Among the countless notable shows to have graced this venerable West End theatre’s stage since then are Quality Street, The Catch of the Season, Salad Days, Kat and the Kings, Stomp, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Deep Blue Sea and An Ideal Husband.


Today, the Vaudeville Theatre enjoys consistent success and has established a reputation for staging short runs featuring big-name international actors.


Like any long-serving institution, it’s been through its fair share of changes over the years. Today’s Vaudeville building is actually the third theatre to stand on the present site since 1870. The first venue opened as The Vaudeville Theatre in April 1870. It had a large auditorium with a capacity of 1000 across four seating levels. The theatre was completely reconstructed in 1880 and that second building opened in January of the following year.


In 1889 the theatre was refurbished in order to provide more spacious seating and a decorative ceiling. During the coming years the theatre became popular for staging musical comedies. The theatre was reconstructed for a third and final time in 1926.


The layout, size and atmosphere of the Vaudeville Theatre make it the perfect place to see a wide range of dramas and comedies. Recent successes include In the Forest Dark and Deep, Broken Glass, Swallows and Amazons, Master Class and What the Butler Saw.  


Whatever you decide to see at the Vaudeville Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.


Venue Address: 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NHView Map

Venue Facilities:

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Travel Info

Nearest Tube Station:Charing Cross
Tube Lines:Bakerloo, Northern
Nearest Rail:Charing Cross
Bus Numbers:(Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176
Night Bus Numbers:(Strand) 23, 139, 176, N6, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Congestion Charge Zone:Yes
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