Spring Production of a Comedy Classic!

IRT is delighted to announce a co-production with Goodwood Museum and Gardens of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. A classic comedy of manners set in the 1890s, Wilde pokes fun at the foibles of the upper classes in this triple love story with a cast of supercilious characters whose pomposity will make you giggle.

Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are the intrepid (and overblown) heroes who fall hopelessly in love with Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, much to the chagrin of Gwendolen’s mother, Lady Bracknell, a role played by the likes of Dame Judy Dench and Dame Edith Evans over the years.

The third couple involves a good woman, Miss Prism, with a checkered past, who falls for a down-to-earth rector of the local parish, Dr. Chasable, and his desire for her, however implausible, is palpable. Throw in a couple of discerning manservants, and you have a recipe for comedic class-conscious high jinks.

The production will use the concept of promenade theater, where the audience follows the action of each of the three acts to a different part of Goodwood’s beautiful grounds. The play begins in the Jubilee Cottage, then, weather permitting, Act Two will be performed outdoors, so appropriate attire is recommended, depending on the temperature. The journey ends in the Main House surrounded by gorgeous antiques. Each performance will be “exclusive”, as there will be only FIFTY audience members per show.

Earnest will premiere at a Sunday matinee on March 31 at 2 pm, and run for an additional five evening performances on Wednesday, April 3, Thursday, April 11 & 18 and Fridays, April 12 all at 7 pm. There will be a 6:30 pm Wine and Cheese reception before each performance included in the $25 ticket.

Friday, April 5, is the special DINNER AND A SHOW! The Rev Cafe, on the campus of Goodwood, opens for dinner before the production. Doors open at 6 pm, food served at 6:30 pm, and the show begins at 7:30 pm. The $50 ticket includes this scrumptious dinner.

There is also a Go Fund Me page, if you would like to help IRT & Goodwood defray some of the costs of this major production. You can contribute by going to this Go Fund Me campaign.


We’re sorry (and elated), but all six performances are SOLD OUT!