Wilde in the City:
The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde, 7-17 November 2011 (public performance 17 November 2011)

Part of our annual ‘In The City’ tour

“A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”, The Importance of Being Earnest follows the farcical antics of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncreiff as they attempt to win the hands of Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew.

Originally set in Algernon’s London apartments and Jack’s country house, we’ll be setting our modern version in the City and town offices of a family business. There’ll be a few tweaks to the original script to create our modern setting but all the characters and Wilde’s best known lines will remain.

What is the ‘In The City’ Tour?
Each year, since 2005, Sedos has taken a well known Shakespeare play and performed it in venues across the City. Previously we’ve brought The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). and The Taming of the Shrew to life in a modern adaptation. This year we’ve decided to turn our attention to Oscar Wilde and give The Importance of Being Earnest a modern makeover.

Where is it being performed?
We’ll be giving a public performance at the London Stock Exchange but on the other nights we really will be in City offices; auditoriums; big (or small) meeting rooms, cafeterias – we’re not fussy!

That sounds like an interesting challenge…
Absolutely right: every night we have about an hour to set the venue up and get used to the space. For that reason we don’t have huge amounts of set, lights or props – we just make the most of what each venue has to offer.



ALGY - Rob Timbrell
JACK - Ben Smith
MR CHASUBLE - Martin Shaw
LANE / MERRIMAN - Philip Goudal
GWENDOLINE - Tash Hodgson
CECILY - Ade Gbinigie
MISS PRISM - Alice Beevers

Directors: Emma Knott and Dan West
Producer: Jacqui Adams

The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde
The London Stock Exchange
10 Paternoster Square
London, EC4M 7LS

17 November 2011 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £12.50 (concession £10)

Free drinks and snacks will be available from 6:30pm before the show and in the interval. Proceeds from the night will be going to the London Stock Exchange Foundation. Please arrive in plenty of time to clear security.

For travel information on getting to the London Stock Exchange, click here.


For anyone who has missed out, we may be able to secure tickets for the 'non-public' performance on 16 November. Please contact sedos.earnest@gmail.com for more information.