The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde; directed by Amy Attaway

Event Details

Saturday, January 11 – 7:00PM
Sunday, January 12 – 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Wednesday, January 15 – 7:00PM
Thursday, January 16 – 7:00PM
Friday, January 17 – 7:00PM
Saturday, January 18 – 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Sunday, January 19 – 2:00PM

Location: Actors Theatre of Louisville – Pamela Brown Auditorium, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Tickets: $25 (plus $5 ticketing fees)


(On sale June 1 for Actors Theatre members)

Kentucky Shakespeare presents our first production on the Actors Theatre of Louisville stage this January, with a perfect post-holiday pick-me-up! Oscar Wilde’s delightful comedy, subtitled A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, sparkles with vibrant characters, mistaken identities, and farcical antics. When bachelors Jack and Algernon both create alter egos named “Ernest,” the lies quickly spiral into chaos, hilarity, cucumber sandwiches, and Victorian handbags. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience what the London Telegraph calls “the most perfect comedy in the English language.”

Rating: PG for romantic innuendo, allusion to alcohol and smoking. Suitable for most audiences, with guidance urged for pre-teens.

“A satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, the witty play is considered Wilde’s greatest dramatic achievement.” – Britannica

“One of the most popular and controversial literary figures of the 19th century, Oscar Wilde was a celebrated playwright, poet and novelist, famous for his satire and sharp wit. He was an unconventional figure of his day, well known for his colorful and flamboyant style both in prose and in dress.” – Jessica Brain, Historic UK Magazine

The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde:
“I can resist everything except temptation.”

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes”

“This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”


This production is made possible with support from: