The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

In Oscar Wilde’s most famous play, the dandy Algernon and dapper Jack are best friends, who, unbeknownst to each other, both employ different identities in London and the countryside.

When Jack proposes to Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen, and Algernon falls for Jack’s ward Cecily, both do so using the pseudonym Ernest. Amidst mistaken identities and giddy confusion towers Gwendolen’s mother, the imposing Lady Bracknell, as a paragon of Victorian propriety, who refuses to be anything but earnest!

This masterful comedy of manners, considered to be the wittiest play in the English language, sparkles with classic bon mots and brilliant dialogue that will lift your spirits.

"In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing." Oscar Wilde

"This is Oscar Wilde’s Victorian rom-com, in which four beautiful young people meet their true loves. Wilde has fashioned us a delightful soufflé of a play, sparkling with elegance, wit and fabulous frocks."- Kate Cherry


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Cast & Creatives

Cast Includes: Adrian Daff, Jenny Davis, Rebecca Davis, Stuart Halusz, Michael Loney, Pete Rowsthorn, Scott Sheridan, Pauline Whyman 

Director: Kate Cherry

Set Liaison: Lauren Ross

Movement Coach: Lisa Scott-Murphy

Vocal Coach: Julia Moody

Designers: Set Designer Alicia Clements, Costume Designer Lynn Ferguson, Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest, Sound Designer Ash Gibson Greig


"This Black Swan production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is the best version of the play your reviewer has ever seen." ArtsHub

"The opening night audience was swept along with Oscar Wilde's most famous story and the cast, especially Jenny Davis (Lady Bracknell) exited stage to enthusiastic bouts of applause." WA Today

"Black Swan's production of 'Earnest' would have made Oscar go Wilde with laughter. The cast totally nailed his witty dialogue. Bravo." Lucy, patron

"Saw 'Earnest' last night and was rapt. A timelessly hilarious piece of writing, played with great confidence and style. Excellent all round, including the set design." Ric, patron

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