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importance19.jpg Trivial comedy for serious people

Oscar Wilde’s finest ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is coming to the Gala Theatre in August. Altogether now: A HANDBAG!

“If, with the literate, I am / Impelled to try an epigram / I never seek to take the credit / We all assume that Oscar said it.” That’s Dorothy Parker wondering aloud about how hard it is to come up with a funny bon mot when Oscar Wilde has already nabbed them all. His masterpiece, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, is a thoroughly effervescent work and overflowing with witticisms that still sound as fresh today as they did when they were first minted back in the 1890s. But it’s not just the cut and thrust of the dialogue that delights. The plot runs like clockwork too, and, despite its intricacies, goes down as well as cucumber sandwiches with champagne. This production is from HangFire Theatre who also recently brought ‘A Doll’s House’ to the Gala with much success.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Thursday 29-Saturday 31 August, Gala Theatre, Durham, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm), £12. galadurham.co.uk