South Bank London

The Importance of Being Earnest

Max Webster directs this joyful and flamboyant reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s celebrated comedy.


20 Nov - 25 Jan 2025

Ticket Information

Tickets go on general sale to the public on  23 May 2024
Members pre-sales from 14 May 2024

Location Info

National Theatre, London, UK

A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

Being sensible can be excessively boring. At least Jack thinks so.  While assuming the role of dutiful guardian in the country, he lets loose in town under a false identity. Meanwhile, his friend Algy takes on a similar facade.

Unfortunately, living a double life has its drawbacks, especially when it comes to love. Hoping to impress two eligible ladies, the gentlemen find themselves caught in a web of lies they must carefully navigate.

Max Webster (Donmar’s Macbeth; Life of Pi) directs a joyful and flamboyant reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s most celebrated comedy. Olivier Award-winner Sharon D Clarke (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Doctor Who) is joined by Ncuti Gatwa (Doctor Who; Sex Education) and Hugh Skinner (W1A; Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) in this hilarious story of identity, impersonation and romance.

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