‘You are the most earnest looking person I ever saw in my life’
Jack Worthing lives a double life between his idyllic manor in the country and his stylish town house in the capital. To those who know Jack in the countryside, he is the epitome of respectfulness, devoted to providing a sound upbringing for his ward Cecily and often rushing into London to look after his wayward brother Ernest. To those who Jack entertains in the city, he is known as Ernest: an indulgent bachelor who loves nothing more than doing nothing, often accompanied by his mischievous friend Algernon. It is a secret to nearly everyone that Ernest doesn’t actually exist!
Discovered as a baby in a handbag in the lost property cloakroom at Victoria Station, Jack’s identity has always been an enigma. When a marriage proposal sets a sequence of ridiculous events in motion, Jack’s past threatens to catch up with him. Oscar Wilde’s trademark wit and masterful storytelling are at the heart of this hilarious comedy of manners about misbehaving in a manor.