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The Odds of Being Earnest, a witty and moving new play inspired by Oscar Wilde, reveals a chance meeting between Lady Bracknell and Reverend Chasuble, 20 years later, on the terrace of the Casino at Monte Carlo. It will tour from July 2019.


Book for Thursday 8 August at Brook Hall Emsworth

Book for Friday 9 August at Connaught Studio Worthing

Book for Saturday 10 August at Coronation Hall Slindon

The Odds of Being Earnest is about chance, the roulette wheel of life … and what happens after the curtain falls on The Importance of Being Earnest. It answers the questions:


  • Was Bracknell right to prize money above love?

  • Was Chasuble right to reject celibacy and marry Prism?

  • Did Jack and Gwendolen stay in Shropshire?

  • Was it ever likely that Algernon would make Cecily happy?


Over one scandalous summer holiday in Worthing in 1894, Oscar Wilde wrote his classic comedy, creating a set of convincing characters, caught up in a brilliant farce that he called ‘a trivial comedy for serious people’. Because the characters are so convincing, we wonder what happens next, whether they will be happy and fulfilled or disappointed and heartbroken. We also want to know how their relationships evolve in the years to come – whether they stay friends ...


... whether they still know one another at all.

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Gareth Williams

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