Enjoy a Wilde night of theatre

The Pantaloons theatre company are bringing their fast-paced, physical and funny production of The Importance of Being Earnest to Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery on June 20.

Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, first performed in 1895, is one of the best-loved plays ever written.

Everybody loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, Ernest doesn’t exist. Or does he? Best friends Jack and Algy have both created alter-egos to win the affections of their beloveds.

The Pantaloons’ energetic new production adds a few contemporary twists to this perennially popular play.

Before the show even starts, the audience’s needs will be met by The Pantaloons’ team of efficient butlers who will help to direct people to their seats, announce their arrival, open their champagne and maybe even shine their shoes.

“This is not just a retread of an old standard,” says director Mark Hayward, “this is a show crammed full of imagination. We’ve taken influence from silent film, Victorian music hall and contemporary physical theatre to compliment Wilde’s brilliant words.”

Tickets are £10-£14. Call the box office on 0115 989 5555.