The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest

A New Version of ‘The Importance’ Streams in July

A new twist on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is streaming in July. This performance, directed by Adam Kinneen and featuring students from Newcastle University Theatre Society, will be performed and filmed at the Sunderland Empire and the streamed show will serve as a fundraiser for Acting for Others, a national charity which gives those working in the entertainment industry much-needed financial and emotional support.

The charity production offers Wilde’s most widely-loved and recognised play with a twist. The playwright himself will be introduced as a character at three intervals during the performance. These scenes, written by director Kinneen, draw on Wilde’s letters and words, giving an unseen insight into his life. They track his magnificent rise to stardom, from the successes of The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, to his heartbreaking downfall following revelations about his sexuality. The entire production will also be performed against the backdrop of the 2,000 empty seats of the magnificent Sunderland Empire, symbolically calling attention to the suffering of the arts industry throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Tickets to this charity production of The Importance of Being Earnest are available at XXX. Ticketholders can view it anytime from 2-16 July on Stream.Theatre/Broadway on Demand UK.

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