Copenhagen Theatre Circle is proud to present Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of
manners The Importance of Being Earnest, probably Wilde's most popular play.
It is meant to be pure entertainment,
carrying a preposterous plot to its inevitable
conclusion on a cloud of razor sharp witticisms. It originally opened in 1895, but we
can still recognize the characters and marvel at the splendid precision of Wilde's
Jack and Algernon are two fun-loving young gentlemen from the upper class.
Algernon has invented a friend, Bunbury, whose never-ending illnesses enable
Algernon to skirt all tedious social obligations. Jack has fun in the city under the
assumed name of Ernest, while living a respectable life in the country as the
guardian of Cecily, the granddaughter of his adopted parents. To her he recounts
the tales of how badly his reprobate brother Ernest behaves in the city. As Ernest,
he courts Gwendolen Fairfax, Algernon's cousin and daughter of the formidable
Lady Bracknell, a walking encyclopaedia of the unwritten rules of society and class.
She has no intention of allowing Gwendolen to marry Jack, which does not prevent Gwendolen from eliciting a marriage proposal from him. In the guise of Jack's
brother, Ernest, Algernon visits Jack's country home where he meets Cecily, who
frankly informs him that she has been engaged to him for months. He instantly falls in
love with her. Complications arise when the various assumed identities are revealed,
as both girls are adamant that they can only ever love a man by the name of Ernest.
In the wings, Cecily's governess Laetitia Prism and the local Reverend Chasuble
primly court each other while outwardly projecting proper Victorian moral rectitude.
The servants, Lane and Merriman, make sure that what needs to be done is done.
There is limited street parking near the venue, although there is underground parking
for 130 cars accessible from the corner of Serridslevvej and Gunnar Nu Hansens
Plads, beside the theatre. Be aware, however, that there can be great demand for
parking in connection with events in nearby Fælledparken or the National Stadium
(Parken). We would therefore recommend taking public transport. The nearest S-
train station is Nordhavn. The venue can easily be reached by buses 1A, 14, 40 and