The Importance Of Being Earnest

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Special Events

Matinee Afternoon Tea Parties

Join us 60 mins before every matinee performance (Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays) to indulge in a spot of Earnest Afternoon Tea, £8 pp which includes cakes, cucumber sandwiches and tea!

Director’s Talk & Cast Q&A

Weds 29th March 2017 @ 6pm

To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Join Joanna Carrick, Red Rose Chain’s Artistic Director (and Lady Bracknell herself!) to hear all about the process of re-imagining Wilde’s world-famous comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, alongside fellow cast members Leonie Spilsbury and Joanna Sawyer talking about their feisty fictional counterparts Cecily and Gwendolen. The talk is free for ticket holders so whether you come along for the talk post-show after the 3pm matinee, or pre-show before the 7:30pm evening performance, it’s a special event not to be missed!

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Sunday 26th March, 2pm – 3pm

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”

Treat your mother to some of the finer things in life this Mother’s Day! Come along to enjoy tea & cake ahead of our 3pm matinee show.


An unbelievable, immersive tale, guaranteed to delight dapper ladies and gents throughout the land!

It’s Oscar Wilde’s world-famous play – new and re-imagined! The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as one of the funniest plays in the English language, bursting with wordplay, wooing and waltzes!

Joanna Carrick’s interpretation will take you on a surreal journey through the heightened absurdity of Wilde’s words, hilariously distorting the lens through which we view the past. Cucumber sandwich anyone?

Laurence Pears (The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Magic Fishbone, Comedy of Errors) and Lawrence Russell (Mr Tod, Richard III, star of Theatre in the Forest) are joined by multi-talented newcomers to Red Rose Chain – Leonie Spilsbury and Joanna Sawyer, along with Joanna Carrick as Lady Bracknell and the legendary Antony Carrick as Merriman! This is a dream comedy team not to be missed!

Sponsored by Beane Wass & Box.

We have dementia-friendly performances & tea parties
, please give our box office a call for more information and to talk through your visit: 01473 603388.

Show dates and times

21 March – 9 April
Tues – Sun 7.30pm
Additional 3pm matinees on Wednesdays & weekends

Full price adult ticket:
Over 60s: £17.50
Concession*: £10

All tickets £10

*Concession: children, full-time students, those receiving benefits, disabled people, those receiving pension credits.

17/2/17 Full Cast Announcement

Further info

Laurence Pears
Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff

Lawrence Russell
Jack Worthing

Leonie Spilsbury

Joanna Sawyer

Joanna Carrick
Lady Bracknell

Antony Carrick


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