The Importance of Being Earnest

Barbican

The Importance of Being Earnest

29 Mar 2016 - 03 Apr 2016

£10.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
4 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

2.0 out of 5.0

Jack and his friend Algernon are in a pickle: they love Gwendolen and Cecily, but there is confusion over who is called Earnest – a name of which both girls are very fond. Gwendolen’s mother and Algernon’s aunt Lady Bracknell strongly disapprove. 

Unfurling to a hyperactive score, with surreal variations on Beethoven and Auld Lang Syne, Wilde's play is transformed into a fabulous kaleidoscope of music and manners.

First fully staged by Ramin Gray for the Royal Opera House in a modern-dress production giddy with cucumber sandwiches, smashed plates and megaphones, this high-octane comedy returns for a second London season. 

This operatic refashioning of Oscar Wilde’s most famous play is wildly inventive, exuberant and anarchic.

Age guidance 12+

 

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“Smart... irresistibly inventive both musically and, in director Ramin Gray's concept, visually... Everyone is a delight. ”

Mark Valencia (What's On Stage)

“Surreal, acerbic and bizarrely witty, a high-octane tour de force that unwaveringly hit its mark. ”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“A work of bizarre brilliance, though its success lies in its ironic deconstruction of all theatrical (and operatic) norms. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Wonderfully crazy in a number of totally unexpected ways... Hugely enjoyable... Highly original; very funny; a delicious treat. ”

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