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The Importance of Being Earnest

Zan Wimberley

In Oscar Wilde’s most famous comedy of lies, Jack and Algy thrive in double lives (as Ernest) to find the lover they desire (in earnest).

When questions of family heritage threaten their romantic desires, the gents question whether style really trumps sincerity.

Here, two multi-award-winning daredevils—David Woods and Jon Haynes—gleefully act out every role, tumbling chaotically through impossible costume changes. The beating heart of Wilde’s humanity exposes itself between these ludicrous theatrics.

In 2006, when Woods and Haynes first brought this production to Melbourne, Malthouse Theatre audiences fell out of their seats in laughter. Now, the Ridiculusmus team triumphantly return to double down on the hilarious dishonesty.

Malthouse 2020 

 

By Oscar Wilde
Adapted by Jon Haynes, Jude Kelly &
David Woods
Cast Jon Haynes, David Woods
Set & Costume design Zoë Atkinson
Original Direction by Jude Kelly

‘EXCEPTIONALLY FUNNY…GLORIOUS ABSURDITY… MAKES YOU HEAR EVERY LINE AFRESH.’ — The Guardian

 

14 Feb – 8 March

PREVIEWS
7.30pm, Friday 14 February
7.30pm, Saturday 15 February
6.30pm, Monday 17 February 

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Tuesday 18 February 

TIME TO TALK
6.30pm, Tuesday 25 February

RELAXED PERFORMANCE
7.30pm, Friday 21 February 

 

 

The Malthouse

The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank