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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

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  • Thu 15 Sep ’11, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Fri 16 Sep ’11, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Sat 17 Sep ’11, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Sun 18 Sep ’11, 4:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Wed 21 Sep ’11, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Thu 22 Sep ’11, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Fri 23 Sep ’11, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Sat 24 Sep ’11, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
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Muritai School, 160 Muritai Road, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Concession: $12.00
  • School student: $10.00



The Importance of Being Earnest, is coming to Eastbourne audiences in September, courtesy of Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe. It is Oscar Wilde’s best-loved play and was first performed in 1895. Wilde called it “a trivial comedy for serious people” and it is thought by some critics to have been the funniest play ever written.

The play is not just a “piece of fluff” however. It quite viciously satirises the hypocrisy of Victorian manners and customs – respectability, social position, and moral rectitude - which stifled people’s real personalities and often covered for values that were quite the opposite.

Both young men in the play, Jack and Algernon, are leading double lives; Jack calling himself Ernest when he goes to town, and Algy having invented an invalid friend who conveniently falls ill whenever he wants him to. They find out each other’s deceptions, which are further complicated by the two young women they want to marry, Gwendolen and Cecily having a strange attachment to the name of Ernest. As neither of the men legitimately have that name, they spend a lot of energy trying to rectify the situation and find themselves in a range of hilariously compromising situations. A further impediment to the marriages is Gwendolen’s mother, the imperious and uncompromising Lady Bracknell, who does not approve of Jack’s lack of social standing, having been abandoned as a baby. Cecily’s governess, Miss Prism is implicated, and after a series of increasingly complicated situations all ends happily after Jack’s parentage is established, Miss Prism is forgiven much to Canon Chasuble’s delight, and three marriages appear to be inevitable.

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