Outdoor theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest

Everybody loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, Ernest doesn't exist. Or does he...? This energetic production from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons gives this play a hilarious twist!

  • Booking essential

With the doors opening at 5.45pm, pack your camping chairs and picnics and join us on the north lawn. From 7pm, dynamic performers The Pantaloons kick off an evening of entertainment where Wilde's witty words are infused with snappy new songs and frantically funny physical theatre.

Buy yourself a programme or raffle ticket and unpack your delicious goodies. As the sun sets on The Vyne, sit back and relax in beautiful surroundings.


Event ticket prices
  • Adult £13.00
    Age 16+
  • Child £8.00
    Age 5-15

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
Tickets are non-refundable except when the performance is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
Children are welcome
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Gates open at 5.45pm, follow directions from Visitor Reception to North Lawn.
What to bring and wear
Please be aware you'll need to carry your picnic and chairs a 10 minute walk to the north lawn. Don't forget to wrap up warm and bring a torch for the journey back to the car through the gardens.
The north lawn is accessible via hard gravel paths, though the performance is located on the lawn.
Day visitors also attending this event please be aware that, so we can get things ready, you will need to leave site at 5pm and then be readmitted at 5:45pm when the gates open. Under fives go free.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
4 August 2018 17:45 - 22:00 Available

Contact Info

Box office
Call 0344 249 1895

Upcoming events

The Lost Tapestries

Sun 22 Apr 2018
On this family trail, help recover and fit together jigsaw pieces of oriental tapestries hidden in nooks and crannies across the grounds. Pick up your trail sheet at visitor reception.

Tudor secrets self-guided tour

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At the site visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535, pick up your self-guided tour at Visitor Reception and uncover hidden secrets contained in The Vyne's surviving Tudor features.

The Vyne roof project photography competition

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