Friday June 5, 2020

Latest production of Wilde classic focuses on fun

Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest. By Oscar Wilde. Directed by Kate Canning. Smock Alley Theatre until August 22. Rating: ***.

9th August, 2015
From left: Aislinn O’Byrne as Cecily, Kevin Shackleton as Algernon, Clodagh Mooney Duggan as Gwendoline and James Murphy as Jack in The Importance Of Being Earnest. Picture: Tom Maher

The enduring popularity of The Importance of Being Earnest is both a bonus and a drawback for potential directors and cast members. Audiences are so familiar with Oscar Wilde’s last play that they come to a performance with certain expectations: Lady Bracknell’s imperiousness will be a highlight; the exchanges between Algy and Jack will be infused with knowing camp.

But The Importance of Being Earnest has been so ubiquitously and endlessly...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Sextech creates a platform for gender equality and diversity in sex education while challenging negative perceptions of how sex and sexuality are presented

Caroline West | 1 week ago

The possibly least ‘normal people’ in the world have watched Normal People, and are now mega-fans – and it’s all very exploding head emoji

Emer McLysaght | 1 week ago

Having traded his Six One News slot for the wireless two years ago, the RTÉ veteran now finds himself presenting Morning Ireland from his home in Portobello – but says the 4am starts are still worth it

Daniel Murray | 3 weeks ago