The Importance of Being Earnest

Last night I went to see Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre.

Earnest-Chelmsford

The play tells the story of Jack, who is in love with Gwendolen, and Algernon, who is in love with Cecily. Both girls think that the men they love are called Ernest. Inevitably, identity confusion ensues. As a satire on Victorian ideas of society, marriage and love, The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde’s best known play, and the London Classic Theatre have put on a fantastic performance.

I’d read the play, but not seen it performed before, and it was really good. The timing was perfect, and the cast were fantastic. Special mention should go to Helen Keeley, who was in her stage debut as Gwendolen; and Carmen Rodriguez, as Lady Bracknell, who had the man sitting behind us actually cackling with laughter.

The London Classic Theatre are touring until June, the dates can be found here.

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