A new production of The Importance of Being
Earnest opened last week at the Harold Pinter
Theatre. Martin Jarvis and Nigel Havers play John Worthing
and Algernon Moncrieff respectively - roles they first played in
Peter Hall's 1982 production at the National.
To account for the fact that these actors are no longer… ahem,
20-something whippersnappers, Wilde's screenplay has been wrapped
in a further story written by Simon Brett, about a group of am-dram
actors (named The Bunbury Company of Players), who each year come
together to play The Importance of Being Earnest. The
play within a play device adds a further humorous touch to this
much loved comedy of manners as well accounting for why the actors
are a little older than usual!
To celebrate this production, Hotel Café Royal's head chef has
devised an entire The Importance of Being
Earnest afternoon tea menu, served until
mid-September in the hotel's Oscar Wilde Bar. (Try the cucumber
sandwiches - pickled and in a savoury bun or the Lady Bracknell
When Hotel Café Royal reopened 18 months ago, the former Grill
Room was renamed the Oscar Wilde Bar, to mark the place where Wilde
first met his paramour, Lord Alfred Douglas in 1891. The bar
has been renovated to its original Louis XVI glory; a sea of
raspberry velvet, endless gilt paneling surrounds the frescoed
ceiling with mirrored walls and a stream of champagne skewed
And if that wasn't enough, Smythson have designed a special
edition diary, the cover embossed with a brilliant quote
from The Importance of Being Earnest, 'I never travel
without my diary. One should always have something
sensational to read in the train.'
One hundred and sixty years after he was born and still, you can
never have too much Wilde.
The Importance of Being Earnest at the Harold
Pinter Theatre runs until 20th September
Hotel Café Royal - The Oscar Wilde experience from £1,250 is
available until 20th September 2014.
Hotel Café Royal offers all Vanity Fair A-List
subscribers the chance to win a one night stay for two people
including breakfast at Hotel Café Royal, champagne afternoon tea in
the Oscar Wilde Bar, a bespoke Smythson diary and two tickets to
see The Importance of Being Earnest at the
Harold Pinter Theatre (total worth £650). Don't miss out on
future offers, sign up to the A-List.