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Wilde’s most celebrated comedy returns...

In Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (A Trivial Comedy for Serious People)—Jack and Algy fabricate delicious double lives to escape the straitjacket of social norms and to find the lovers they desire.

This is Wilde’s most celebrated comedy, but in the hands of these two comedic daredevils—David Woods and Jon Haynes—the hilarity hits break-neck speed as they gleefully act out every role, tumbling chaotically through impossible character changes. Yet between the absurd and masterful theatrics, the beating heart of Wilde’s humanity exposes itself.

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 returns to double down on the hilarious dishonesty.

"REFRESHING... VERY, VERY FUNNY."
— ABC
"EXCEPTIONALLY FUNNY…GLORIOUS ABSURDITY… MAKES YOU HEAR EVERY LINE AFRESH."
— The Guardian

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Malthouse Theatre presents the Ridiculusmus production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

Key image: Zan Wimberley
Production photography: Pia Johnson

Partners

BY /

Oscar Wilde

ADAPTED BY /

Jon Haynes, Jude Kelly & David Woods

CAST /

Jon Haynes and David Woods

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Zöe Atkinson

ORIGINAL DIRECTION BY /

Jude Kelly

PRODUCER /

Erin Milne, Bureau of Works

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Relaxed Performance

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 14 Feb, 7.30pm Sat 15 Feb, 6.30pm Mon 17 Feb
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Tue 18 Feb
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 25 Feb
RELAXED PERFORMANCE 7.30pm, Fri 21 Feb
SENIORS PERFORMANCE 5pm, Sun 1 Mar

Location

Merlyn Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

2 hours, 5 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

WARNINGS /

Contains sexual references.

For a full list of potentially sensitive content here.

RELAXED PERFORMANCE /

View Malthouse Theatre's Relaxed Guide here

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