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The Importance of Being Earnest

July 16, 2015 - October 16, 2015

Designed by Ken Harrison

A ‘Trivial Comedy For Serious People’, The Importance Of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s sparkling masterpiece – a distinctly satiric tale of wealth, status and identity in late Victorian England. The play brings to a lavish climax Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s nine year journey through Wilde’s four great plays, which began with A Woman Of No Importance in 2006.

Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest: Synopsis

The dependable Jack Worthing, J.P., a pillar of the Hertfordshire community, is profoundly in love with the prim Gwendolyn Fairfax, daughter to the imposing Lady Bracknell.
Jack’s closest friend, the dashing aristocratic playboy Algernon Moncrieff, is besotted with Jack’s ward, the beautiful (and extremely wealthy) Cecily Cardew.
Sadly for both suitors, however, Gwendolyn and Cecily are in love with someone else. Someone called Ernest . . .
All is not lost, however, as it seems that Ernest bears a striking resemblance to Jack – and, somewhat bizarrely, also to Algy. Hardly surprising, given that Ernest is an imaginary “brother” invented by Jack to allowing him to woo Gwendolyn in disguise – and also an alter ego that Algy assumes to pay court to Cecily under Jack’s very nose.

But when a series of revelations concerning handbags, nannies, novels, prams, lost babies and Victoria Station threaten to unravel Jack and Algy’s web of deception, the men are forced to reveal their true identities – or are they . . ?

Reviews of Wilde plays @ Pitlochry

4-Stars The Guardian

4-Stars “Oscar Wilde’s play has a strong claim to being the most perfect comedy in the English language” The Telegraph

4-Stars “A demonstration of how an elaborate costume drama can still be made to grip the audience’s attention from the outset, and to deliver a fierce and strangely contemporary theatrical punch” The Scotsman on Lady Windermere’s Fan, 2013

4-Stars “A level of theatrical spectacle no longer sought or expected on any other Scottish stage” The Scotsman on An Ideal


July 16, 2015
October 16, 2015
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