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The Importance of Being Earnest  Main House

8th to 12th June 2004 at 7.30pm

Tickets: 10 (conc 8)

Two for One special offer on opening night, June 8th (full price tickets only)

Troika Productions proudly present

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s birth in 1854

Troika – Birmingham’s own professional theatre company, who have been showcasing the region’s own top talent as well as that of actors recruited nationwide - are proud to present Oscar Wilde’s effervescent, genial comedy gem.  A ‘trivial play for serious people’ overflowing with bonhomie and bequeathing to the English stage some of its best loved characters: Algernon Moncrieff, Jack Worthing and the indomitable Lady Bracknell… 

Earnest 1A literary indulgence. A delight. An elegance, A satire, A comedy of manners… The Importance of Being Earnest.

This late Victorian piece has been delighting its audiences for over a century and remains as fresh and challenging as the day it was first performed on the 14th February 1895.. Written as a reactionary piece to the Realism movement of the time it falls into the ‘Art for Art sake’ genre typified by the Pre-Raphelite movement; ‘written by a butterfly for butterflies!’ says Wilde.Earnest 2

Troika Productions have assembled a hugely talented cast for the staging of this masterpiece including Ross Simpson (Algernon Moncrieff), John Kirkham (Ernest Worthing), Jennifer Rigby (Gwendolen Fairfax), Phillippa Horabin (Cecily Cardew) & Margaret Griffiths (Lady Bracknell).

The Director is Steve Barnes whose recent production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman wasmuch acclaimed and played to sell out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2003 and whose Hamlet, for the company, was a resounding success on tour in Birmingham, Oxford and London.

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What the Critics have said about Troika Productions:

BBC On-Line: ‘Thought-provoking theatre’.

Theatreworld: ‘With this talented cast, you will come away with strong impressions…’

Birmingham Post: ‘Even in its abbreviated form for the Edinburgh Festival this is a fine production’

For further information please contact Margaret Griffiths (Producer)  Mobile: 07736 052362

Troika Productions

The Warren, Lodge Green Lane, Meriden CV7 7JG

Tel: 01676 523065 Email;

Box Office: 0121 643 5858
The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE. Company No: 699933, Charity No: 245054