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posted: 14 May 2019 -
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
society/company: Watermill Theatre, The (directory)
from: 23 May 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
venue: Watermill Theatre

‘Oscar Wilde knew all the secrets of Victorian Society and I’m looking forward to digging through the many layers of wit, wisdom and wordplay to discover characters who are flawed, funny and undeniably human.’ Kate Budgen, Director.

‘Until 1923, the play was performed in modern dress, creating a sense of familiarity, but since then the world of the play has settled into the 1890’s. Our performers are in period dress, however the environment they find themselves in is an abstract one. It is filled with contemporary elements, yet they continue to uphold all the norms of Victorian society. In our world of make-believe a paper plate is a silver salver; a plastic cup is the finest bone china’ Amy Cook, Designer.

The cast includes Charlotte Beaumont as Cecily (Chloe Latimer in Broadchurch, Kudos for ITV; Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe; 3 Winters, Lyttleton Theatre), Peter Bray as Algernon (The Heart Of Robin Hood, RSC; Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's Globe; Sleeping Beauty, Watermill Theatre), Jim Creighton as Dr Chasuble (The Best Man - UK Tour/West End; An Enemy of The People, National Theatre; Journey’s End, Watermill Theatre), Claudia Jolly as Gwendolyn (Girl From The North Country, Old Vic/West End; Men, Arcola Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe), Wendy Nottingham as Miss Prism (Vera Drake, Grief, National Theatre; Diminished, Hampstead Theatre; The Winslow Boy, The Old Vic), Morgan Philpott as Lane/Merriman (Partners In Crime, Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch; The Secret Adversary, Watermill Theatre), Benedict Salter as Jack (Lady Windermere’s Fan, West End; A Little Night Music, Watermill Theatre) and Connie Walker as Lady Bracknell (Trestle, Southwark Playhouse; The March on Russia, Orange Tree Theatre; To Kill A Mockingbird, Regent's Park/UK Tour/Barbican).

Performance Times
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinées at 2.30pm
Saturday 29 June performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Monday evenings and Thursday matinées: £20 and £16
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday matinées: £26, £24, £16.
Friday and Saturday evenings: £29, £27, £19.

First Week Special
On the first Thursday and Friday seats are £20 and £16 (no other discounts apply).

£10 tickets for 16 to 25s
Limited number available for all performances. Subject to availability. Book with the box office on 01635 46044 and collect tickets 30 minutes prior to the performances. Proof of status required.

Interpreted Performance

Audio Described Performance
Saturday 22 June at 2.30pm with a Touch Tour at 1pm

To book seats in the best position and to reserve a headset, please call the Box Office on 01635 46044 or email 

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