PREVIEW: Importance of Being Earnest, Customs House, South Shields

WONDERFULLY BRITISH ... The Importance of Being Earnest is at the Customs House.
WONDERFULLY BRITISH ... The Importance of Being Earnest is at the Customs House.
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THE wit of Oscar Wilde will be served up to audiences this week as The Importance of Being Earnest opens at the Customs House in South Shields

The comedy, one of Wilde’s favourites, is awash with quirky characters, sparkling dialogue and gloriously improbable plot twists as well as a sprinkling of romance.

Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Algernon is in love with Cecily.

But when an identity crisis spirals out of control, the previously separate worlds of town and country collide and confusion and chaos follow.

Thoughts of marriage and a happy ending must be put on hold until the inimitable Lady Bracknell can be convinced that the young men are worthy suitors.

The production, which has been a favourite since its first London performance in 1895, is being toured by London Classic Theatre.

The company has been in action for 12 years, having performed to over 300,000 people at more than 150 theatres and arts centres around the UK and Ireland.

The company, led by founder and artistic director Michael Cabot, says it is about produces challenging, accessible drama for audiences in London and the regions.

The Importance of Being Earnest opens at the Customs House on Thursday night at 7.45pm and runs until Saturday.

Tickets cost £16, £15 for concessions. http://www.customshouse.co.uk/whats-on/Theatre/1098/the-importance-of-being-earnest.