Production still from previous production of "The Importance of Being Earnest". L-R: David Woods, Jonathan Haynes. Photographer: Tim Page
The Importance of Being Earnest (2006)
12 April 2006 – 30 April 2006 Beckett Theatre
Adapted from Oscar Wilde
Malthouse Theatre, Ridiculusmus , Melbourne International Comedy Festival,
New Adaptation Theatre International Co-Production
In Oscar Wilde’s most famous comedy of lies, Jack and Algy thrive in double lives (as Ernest) to find the lover they desire (in earnest).
When questions of family heritage threaten their romantic desires, the gents question whether style really trumps sincerity.
Here, two multi-award-winning daredevils—David Woods and Jon Haynes—gleefully act out every role, tumbling chaotically through impossible costume changes. The beating heart of Wilde’s humanity exposes itself between these ludicrous theatrics.
After wowing audiences at London’s Barbican Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse and Sydney Opera House, the production went to Melbourne.
"…A BRILLIANT CLASH OF RESPECTFUL AND RADICAL THEATRE."
— Sydney Morning Herald
"SHEER MECHANICAL BRILLIANCE…JON HAYNES AND DAVID WOODS OFFER A JAW-DROPPING PORTRAYAL OF THE ENTIRE CAST."
— The Australian
Production still from previous production of "The Importance of Being Earnest". L-R: Jonathan Haynes, David Woods. Photographer: Tim Page