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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