The Importance of Being Earnest

 Jack (Benjamin Wells) and Algy (Nicholas Chambers)

Production details

  • Venue
  • Wadham College, Oxford
  • Production company
  • Oxford Shakespeare Company
  • Performance dates
  • 28th Jul–26th Aug 2011
  • Director
  • Chris Pickles
  • Assistant director
  • Ken Bentley
  • Costume designer
  • Adrian Lillie
  • Producers
  • Charlotte Windmill
  • Emma Randle
  • Stage Manager
  • Kate Schofield
  • ASM
  • Emma Byrne


  • Gwendolen
  • Alicia Davies
  • Algy
  • Nick Chambers
  • Lady Bracknell
  • Howard Gossington
  • Chasuble
  • James Lavender
  • Cecily
  • Alyssa Noble
  • Miss Prism
  • Andrew Piper
  • Lane
  • Merriman
  • Kai Simmons
  • Jack
  • Benjamin Wells


A revival of Chris Pickles’s 2006 production of Oscar Wilde’s classic play. This witty and effervescent comedy of manners is widely considered to be Wilde's finest work.

The verbal sparring between them, absolutely crucial to this play, is expertly delivered, with Algernon radiating an infuriatingly laid-back manner, and Jack prone to irritable outbursts... Adrian Lillie’s period costumes look just right in Chris Pickles’s production, which is delivered with exemplary clarity and expert comic timing.
— The Oxford Times