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It’s all change for this year’s annual outdoor production at the Commandery as the Worcester Rep takes a break from the Bard to perform Oscar Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest – a hilarious satire of Victorian manners, and a delicious feast of decadence, hypocrisy and pomposity!

Worcester Rep’s annual outdoor event has become something of an institution since its first season back in 2007. For nine consecutive years the Company has been taking Shakespeare’s classic comedies, giving them the Worcester Rep treatment, and presenting hilarious and accessible interpretations to crowds of picnicking punters in the beautiful surroundings of the Commandery Gardens. But now, to celebrate ten years on the trot, the Worcester Rep is shaking things up as they prepare to perform a play by one of the other very greatest of English playwrights, Oscar Wilde – and a very ‘Wilde’ production it promises to be!

Director Chris Jaeger, who is Artistic Director of the Worcester Rep, said, “This is one of the great English plays. It is as fresh today as the day it was written, and we’re definitely going to have some fun with it.” Fun that includes sending the play roaring into the 1920s – it’s likely to be the only Earnest that you will have seen that features twenties tunics and splashes of jazz, and comes complete with a Charleston as the cherry on top!

The eight-strong cast comprises some stalwart Worcester Rep members, as well as some new actors drawn from across the country, and includes a 6’2”, rather hairier than normal Miss Prism in the form of Rep actor Edward Manning. Corps Rep actor Liz Grand stars as the infamous Lady Bracknell – breaths will be held to see how she delivers her “Handbag”; Rep Associate Director Ben Humphrey takes the role of Jack (‘Ernest’) Worthing, and Stratford-based actor John-Robert Partridge that of his great friend Algernon Moncrieff.

The tenth year of Worcester Rep at the Commandery promises to be a rip-roaring must-see event of the summer, so pack a picnic, crack open a bottle, and prepare to be thoroughly entertained in the great British outdoors. Cucumber sandwich anyone?

The Importance of Being Earnest opens on Tuesday the 12th July and runs for two weeks in the Commandery Gardens, Worcester.

Tuesday 12th – Sunday 24th July (Excluding Monday 18th)
7.30pm Tuesday – Saturday, 3pm Sundays
Tickets £11 if booked before 11th July, thereafter £13.50
Sunday performances £11, Flexi Tickets £15 (can be used for any performance)
Box Office: 01905 611427 /