BelleWood Theatre Company, in association with Buckinghamshire College Group and Missenden Abbey, are excited to bring a FREE open-air performance of The Importance of Being Earnest to Missenden Abbey at 5pm on Sunday, 27 August (doors open at 4pm). Set outdoors in our beautiful grounds, enjoy Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy!

Please bring your own blankets and picnic chairs as seating is not provided. It is advisable to dress for the changeable weather. Drinks will be available to buy at the bar.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Jack has a make-believe brother called Ernest, so that he can be ‘respectable Jack’ in the country and ‘wicked Ernest’ in town. Jack’s best friend, Algernon, has a make-believe invalid acquaintance called Bunbury who needs looking after when Algy needs to escape tiresome social situations. Cecily (Jack’s ward) and Gwendolen (Algy’s cousin) are both in love with Ernest. The same Ernest? Join us to find out!

First performed on the 14th February, 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London, The Importance of Being Earnest is widely considered to be Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece. Witty, thought-provoking, funny and dark, this ‘trivial comedy for serious people’ looks keenly through a gloriously fierce, satirical lens at Victorian social hypocrisy.

BelleWood Theatre Company was established with the aim of taking free theatre to the local community while providing work experience for young actors. This year BelleWood Theatre Company have taken productions to local care homes, primary schools and a retirement village. It is very exciting to have the opportunity to reach more members of the community by performing at Missenden Abbey.

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“Amazing show! Either onscreen or onstage, the best ‘The importance of Being Earnest’ I have watched so far. All the performers acted their role so well. They were all incredible. The show draws you in right from the start. I was invested and captivated all the way through. Well done all.”

Rose Thorn

“A truly fantastic performance. Every member of the cast was extremely professional and passionate in their roles. Very entertaining to watch such a talented group of young individuals!”

Steph Sroka

“I would just like to say what an amazing performance I watched last Wednesday of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. The actors were so talented, and they did amazingly well. The costumes were great and the actor’s ability to change their voices to enhance their roles were fantastic. I would like to say that I wish the actors all the best for the future, I know they will all go far!!”

Julie Shelton