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The Importance of Being Earnest

Get ready for Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece this summer at Speke Hall, in this anarchic take on the classic comedy of manners.

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Everybody loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, he doesn’t exist. Or does he…? Best friends Jack and Algy have both created alter-egos to win the affections of their beloveds; but when will they stop being Ernest and start being, well, earnest? Wilde’s comic masterpiece gets The Pantaloons treatment in their anarchic take on the classic comedy of manners. This energetic and musical production from the critically-acclaimed company infuses Wilde’s witty words with snappy new songs and frantically funny physical theatre to give this perennially popular play a hilarious contemporary twist!

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult Standard£18.00
Child 5-17£10.00

Event additional prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Under 5£0.00
Family Standard (2 Adults 2 Children)£50.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Suitability

Suitable for all ages

Meeting point

Enter via Visitor Reception from the car park. You will be directed to the North Lawn where the performance will take place.

What to bring and wear

We advise bringing something comfy to sit on and wearing plenty of layers - even if it's a lovely sunny day, it can get chilly on the North Lawn at night.

Accessibility

The North Lawn is fully accessible with some slight slopes.

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