On 3rd April, I was lucky enough to go and see The Importance of Being Earnest at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. The production was put on by the Original Theatre Company, and starred Gwen Taylor, Peter Sandys-Clarke and Susan Penhaligon.
I had never seen one of Oscar Wilde’s plays, and although I had heard of the Importance of Being Earnest before, I didn’t know much about it. I was unsure what to expect and even if I would enjoy the play, but it easily surpassed expectations. The play itself was hilarious, and the characters strong and lovable.
The costumes and set design were intricately detailed and brightly coloured, which not only fit with the time period the play is set in, but also its irreverent nature. The level of detail in the sets was remarkable, and I was fully able to appreciate this being close to the stage, however, I wonder if this was missed by patrons further back in the cinema. The entire cast were outstanding, and this was one of the best performances I have ever seen.
Overall, the play was incredibly funny, with stellar performances from the entire cast. Five stars.