The Importance of Being Earnest

Many thanks to all of you who came to see our production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the end of October 2015.  This utterly timeless play is a joy to both watch and perform and is one of the highlights of English theatre.  It owes its undimmed and enduring appeal to Wilde’s perfect combination of comic timing, beautifully written dialogue and some of the most memorable characters anywhere on a stage.

Consensus Theatre Company. "The Importance Of Being Earnest".

As usual we added some wonderful music to the evening and I am sure all who came along would agree there could be nothing better than to match the words of Wilde with the equally light and airy but beautifully crafted music of Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin, including numbers such as Night and Day, It’s De’lovely, Someone to Watch Over Me and Anything Goes.

We were thrilled to have yet another terrific cast, including the superlative Joan Self as Lady Bracknell, following on from her hilarious performance as Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan’s The Rivals, surely one of Wilde’s main inspirations for one of the most quoted characters in English literature.

Consensus Theatre Company. "The Importance Of Being Earnest".

We are also absolutely delighted to say that this year’s performances were all in aid of charity.  Thanks to your support, we were able to help raise £540 for Chloe’s Dream (, just over £1000 for Henley Memorial Hall and around £700 towards the Stratford-upon-Avon Hospital Cancer and Eye Unit appeal.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported these worthy causes so generously!

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