Classic Spring is a new theatre company, formed by Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) to celebrate the bold and ground breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote.
Widely considered one of the funniest plays in English, Wilde’s much loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays.
Jack, Algy, Gwendolyn and Cecily discover how unsmooth runs the course of true love, while Lady Bracknell keeps a baleful eye on the mayhem of manners.
‘It is very romantic to be in love. The very essence of romance is uncertainty’
Bawdy muddle makes a mockery of Wilde’s subtlety
Does anybody need The Importance “decoding” in this heavy-handed, pseudo-radical way?
Michael Fentiman’s coarse production robs Wilde of his decorum, swapping subtleties and satire for screaming and sex
Unafraid of daftness and exaggeration, it’s an entertaining conclusion to the Classic Spring company’s year-long West End celebration of Wilde
Unforgettable, life-enhancing, and with an edge of surprise
This queered-up take on WIlde’s most famous play doesn’t really work
Heavy-handed production that strips Wilde’s writing of all its delicacy