The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest by the master of comedy Oscar Wilde, makes a welcome return to Guildford society in this wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival from The Original Theatre Company. 

Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin the beautiful Gwendolen but first he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station.

Prepare to take a welcome turn with Wilde’s much-loved Algernon, Jack, Gwendolen and Cecily, as town and country clash in a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity, perambulators and capacious handbags.

Starring national treasure Gwen Taylor (Coronation Street, Duty Free and Barbara) as the formidable Lady Bracknell, the delightful Susan Penhaligon (Upstairs Downstairs and Bergerac) as the hapless Miss Prism, Downton Abbey favourite Thomas Howes as Algernon and with Broadway and West End star Kerry Ellis as Gwendolen.They will be joined by Geoff Aymer, Louise Coulthard, Peter Sandys-Clarke and Simon Shackleton.


Presented by The Original Theatre Company

By Oscar Wilde

Directed by Alastair Whatley

Cast includes Gwen Taylor & Susan Penhaligon

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Main Auditorium


From £21.00 - £32.50

Ticket prices include £1 Restoration Levy and £1 Booking Fee


Please note that Band D tickets may offer a restricted view. Please contact the Box Office for details.


Running times

Act 1 40 mins

Interval 15 mins

Act 2 40 mins

Interval 15 mins

Act 3 35 mins

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