Review: Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece hilariously performed

Joe Riley and Rose Kenny rehearsing as Algernon and Cecily respectively
Joe Riley and Rose Kenny rehearsing as Algernon and Cecily respectively

The Importance of Being Earnest, The Priory Theatre Company, The Priory Theatre, September 7

Oscar Wilde’s comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, has been his most enduringly popular play for many years.

After watching the first performance of the play at the Priory Theatre in Kenilworth, it is easy to see why.

It tells the story of John Worthing (Dan Cowan), who lives a double life under the name of Earnest to pursue the affections of Gwendolen Fairfax (Alice Roberson), resulting in a farcical chain of events.

With brilliant direction from Mark Jeffries, the performances were excellent throughout, and this author laughed countless times at the delivery of Wilde’s witty script from every actor.

Particular praise should go Joe Riley, whose performance as the mischievous Algernon had the audience constantly beaming, and to Alex Holmes, who stole the show whenever he was on stage as the eccentric Dr Chausuble.

Additionally, the sets and costumes were bright and intricate, and really drew the audience in.

The Importance of Being Earnest is a great choice for a hilarious night out, and it runs until September 19.

To book tickets, call the box office on 01926 863334 or visit priorytheatre.co.uk.

By Sam Jackson