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The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Nov 24 to Dec 12, 2021
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"A trivial comedy for serious people"

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

Directors: Nicholas Thoroughgood and Rylee O'Rourke
Assisted by: Gabrielle Johns

November 24 to December 12

The Importance of being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s most famous comedy, is a trivial comedy for serious people.

Ernest Worthing, who lives at the Albany, has a striking reputation for being unfortunate. Everyone knows him, but somehow no one has ever met him.

Ernest’s well intentioned, and somehow more tangible, brother Jack has used Ernest for his own devices. Denying his life in the country with his Ward Cecily Cardew, Jack seeks thrills in the city with his impulsive friend Algernon Moncrieff, constantly attempting to delay his burgeoning adulthood. When love appears in his life and an ordinary leather handbag stands in his way, he knows this can’t last…

With marriage on the cards, his responsibility to protect Cecily threatened and his mysterious past barrelling into him like a locomotive, Jack must once and for all emancipate unfortunate Ernest and live the earnest life he’s always been destined for.

Running time

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

Opening Night!

Come along at 7:30pm on Wednesday 24 November and help us celebrate opening night and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

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 are open and you can book online or call 0466 332 766 (10 - 2 daily).


Nicholas Thoroughgood and Rylee O'Rourke
Assisted by: Gabrielle Johns

The Cast

John Worthing - Carl Gregory
Algernon Moncrieff - Anna Lambert
Gwendolen Fairfax - Campbell Knox
Cecily Cardew - Maddison Lamb
Lady Bracknell - Dimity Eveleens
Miss Prism - Rebecca Skinner
Rev. Canon Chasuble - Roger Wood
Merriman - Stuart Ussher
Lane - Richard Rae

Performance Dates/Times:

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

Fri 3, Sat 4, Fri 10

Matinees at 2:00pm:
Sun 5, Sat 11, 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:

  • wear a face mask
  • check in with our QR Code (we can assist)
  • show proof of vaccination, and
  • exercise proper physical 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