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Newbury audiences to be stars of the show with interactive twist in 'The Importance of Being… Earnest?





Come along and be a star of the show…

After a phenomenally critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run in 2022, and previous London Fringe theatre success, the hugely popular The Importance of Being… Earnest? is embarking on a UK tour and will play The Corn Exchange on Thursday, April 25 and Friday 26.

The Importance of Being... Earnest? Pic: Greg Veit
The Importance of Being... Earnest? Pic: Greg Veit

This riotous twist on the much-loved classic by Say It Again, Sorry? opens to looming disaster; the actor playing Earnest in Oscar Wilde’s famed farce fails to arrive on cue.

In a monumental effort to ‘save the show’, a real audience member is quickly cast in the lead role.

But this impetuous recasting sets off a hilarious chain of events that, one-by-one, renders the rest of the cast unable to continue their performances.

The Importance of Being... Earnest? Pic: Greg Veit
The Importance of Being... Earnest? Pic: Greg Veit

As more audience members are encouraged to step into the spotlight, led backstage for costume and make-up, impromptu auditions, the painting of portraits, the chanting of mantras; doing whatever’s needed to help the show go on, an absurd controlled madness ensues – until it feels as if there are almost as many audience members in the cast as there are in the audience.

This is a comedic masterpiece of meticulous logistics, meritoriously involved audiences, masterful stage management and celebrity cameos.

The Importance of Being... Earnest? is an exciting and hilarious experience both to watch and be part of as the innovative format creates an unexpected new experience every night.

It’s a show for anyone who has enjoyed the high-jinx of The Play That Goes Wrong, Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare and Austentatious.

The Importance of Being... Earnest? Pic: Wichael Wharley Mann Bros
The Importance of Being... Earnest? Pic: Wichael Wharley Mann Bros

Developed alongside the company’s flagship open-rehearsal initiative, where audiences are invited into the rehearsal room to participate in the creative process, the show is written by Josh King, Simon Paris and Say It Again, Sorry? and is directed by Simon Paris.

The company’s vision is for the public to recover ownership over their own creative power and contribute to the future of theatre as active participants, collaborators, and decision-makers.

Their aim is to connect people to their inner artist and inspire creative expression in everybody.

Visit https://cornexchangenew.com/ for booking details.



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