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The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Nov 24 to Dec 12, 2021

"A trivial comedy for serious people"

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

Directors: Nicholas Thoroughgood and Rylee O'Rourke

November 24 to December 12

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most famous of Oscar Wilde’s comedies.

It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest.

The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.

The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Ticket Prices

Tickets: $25 (full); $20 (concession)
Group Concessions 10+: $20
Season Tickets for 2020: $65
Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@mrt.org.au for more details


Bookings open about 2 months before the play opens, when you can book online or call 0466 332 766 (10 - 2 daily).


Nicholas Thoroughgood and Rylee O'Rourke

The Cast


Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:
Wed 24, Fri 26, Sat 27

Fri 3, Sat 4, Fri 10, Sat 11

Matinees at 2:00pm:
Sun 5, Sun 12

Doors open 30 minutes before performances

COVID Safe Conditions of Entry

The safety of our community is of paramount importance. We have put measures in place to prioritise the health and well-being of everyone. All visitors must check in with our QR Code (we can assist) and are asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and exercise proper social distancing while on site.

You are not permitted to enter Maitland Repertory Theatre if you:

    • are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)
    • have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious)
    • are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
    • reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
    • have returned from international travel and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days