Get Ready for a Wilde Production!
Almost 120 years after its hilarious premiere, The Importance of Being Earnest is still being performed around the world! With our production this summer, Lakes Region visitors and residents won’t have to travel across the pond to experience the epitome of British humor. What makes a show so important that it gets preformed for over a century? This show’s classic wit, intelligent word play, and farcical story always pleases audiences.

This comedy of London flats, country escapes, secret engagements, baffled suitors, and cucumber sandwiches revolves around the romantic escapades of Londoner Algernon Moncrieff and his friend Jack Worthing. Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Algernon is in love with Cecily. But Gwendolen and Cecily are both in love with Ernest, who, in fact, does not exist! This tangled web of mistaken identity continues to be one of the most loved and enduringly popular plays, not just of the last 120 years, but of all time.

Directed by the Artistic Director, and native Brit, Neil Pankhurst, this production has been directed to highlight the humor of the script. Pankhurst is directing a talented cast of actors including newcomers John C. Nagy III and Rebecca Tucker, returning company members Nicholas Wilder, A.J. Ditty, Nicole Soriano, Bryn Austin, and Donna Schilke, and long-time company veterans, Adam Kee and John Piquado.

Don’t forget! We strive to provide a full evening of food and entertainment. Drinks, light meals, and snacks are available before each performance. Patrons can enjoy their food and drink outdoors, either in the sun or under shade, while being entertained by free “Busker Alley” pre-show performances of live music or comedy on the outdoor stage. Buskers will be performing on selected nights, so be sure to check the website ahead of time to catch these acts.

The Importance of Being Earnest is recommended for ages 11 and above. Performances are July 9th-19th and are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, with additional matinees Thursday July 10th and Monday July 14th at 2pm. Matinees are filling quickly, it is recommended to get tickets for those performances soon. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.

Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at


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