The Importance of Being Earnest

CT_The Importance of Being EarnestDelighting audiences for over 100 years, Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and much-loved comedy of love, manners and mistaken identity – The Importance of Being Earnest comes to the iconic Como Historic House and Garden for a limited season from 22 January.

Full of wit, hilarity and featuring some of Wilde’s most delicious and entertaining characters, Citizen Theatre will take audiences on a journey back in time, against the backdrop of the stunning ballroom at Como House.

Two young bachelors have taken to bending the rules and the truth to add a dash of excitement to their lives. John Worthing (Jack) invents a brother Ernest as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind so that he may pursue Gwendolen, the delectable daughter of Lady Bracknell.

Across town, Algernon Moncrieff decides to take the name Ernest when visiting Jack’s young ward Cecily. When each gentleman is forced to unwind his web of lies and reveal himself, being “earnest” takes on a whole new meaning!

Directed by Jayde Kirchert (Nude, Twelfth Night), and set to original music composed by Loclan MacKenzie-Spencer (Calvin Berger, Wicked), the play features an exceptional cast, with seasoned performer Jackie Rees (The Phantom of the Opera) starring as the incomparable Lady Bracknell.

Rory Godbold (The Death of Kings, Horrible Histories) will take on the title role, alongside Nelson Gardner (The Producers, Beauty and The Beast), Hannah Fredericksen (Third World Blues, Force of Destiny), Lauren McKenna (The Pirates of Penzance, La Cage Aux Folles), Catherine Glavicic (Offspring, Party Tricks) and Nick Backstrom (Neighbours, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries).

To top it off, audiences can pre-­order a delightful (and tasty) home-­made picnic hamper to enjoy in the gardens before the evening shows – complete with a glass of bubbly (or beer)!

The Importance Of Being Earnest
Como Historic House and Garden, Cnr Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra
Season: 22 January – 1 February 2015
Bookings: 0425 746 886 or online at:

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Image: courtesy of Citizen Theatre