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"I have introduced you to everyone as Ernest. You answer to the name of Ernest. You look as if your name was Ernest. You are the most earnest looking person I ever saw in my life. It is perfectly absurd your saying that your name isn't Ernest!"

Dandy Algernon Montcrieff and his friend, the sensible Jack Worthing take on alternative personas in the pursuit of feisty society socialites Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But soon the two of them must face the consequences of their double lives as they encounter the formidable Lady Bracknell and a hilarious mystery involving a missing baby, a particularly revolting three volume novel and perhaps the world's most famous handbag...

Join us as we stage a special "fabulous" performance of Oscar Wilde's classic "trivial comedy for serious people". Part staged reading, part parlour game and part soiree, we look forward to welcoming you to a night of "bunburying", razor sharp wit, and the sparkling banter for which Oscar Wilde has become so well loved. (With a bit of an artistic twist we hope you'll enjoy - this is probably not the Earnest you remember from school!) 


Following our SOLD OUT run of "Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens" Proforça Theatre Company is proud to present a brand new staging of one of Oscar Wilde's most loved productions, directed by David Brady and featuring a brilliant cast of new and returning actors. For the first time we are pleased to be performing at the very well respected Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town.

Tickets for all performances on sale NOW, either via the theatre website, or via the button on the right. Tickets are likely to sell our quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment. 

For more information, check out www.proforca.co.uk, on Twitter @proforcatheatre and on Facebook / Instagram @proforcatheatre

Running Time : 2 Hours with 15 Minute Interval

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cast credits 

Algernon Montcrieff : Ross Kernahan
Jack Worthing : Piers Hunt
Lady Bracknell : Catrin Keeler
Gwendolen Fairfax : Harriet La
Cecily Cardew : Erin Olivia Read
Miss Prism : Emma Dodwell-Groves
Dr Chasuble : Alasdair Melrose
Lane / Merriman : Myles Delahunty


wITH THanks to:

Paris Bailey, Flannan Hassett, Roshni O'Riordan, Sara Lynam, Connor Allen, Evelyn Simpson, James Baxter-Derrington, Chris Mellor, Androulla and all at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Jess Barton, Fight or Fight Productions, Stephanie Silver, Allie Hunter & Joanna Simmonett.

director's dedication

This one's for Mrs Ireland...

Written By : Oscar Wilde

Directed By : David Brady
Producer :  Catrin Keeler, Erin Read & Harriet Lambert
Executive Producers : David Brady & Martina Schøning
Technical / LX & RIgging :  Mitchell Reeve

Production Design: Proforca Theatre Company
Costume Design: Catrin Keeler

Marketing Design : Proforca Theatre Company
Production / Rehearsal Photo Credits : Nick Brittain at Brittain Photography / Proforca Theatre Company Ltd

Rehearsal Facilities: Theatre Delicatessen, Broadgate & The Nursery Theatre, SE1. 

Production Mascot : Owena Jones

Accountancy Services: Jodie McDermott. MCA Group.