Entertaining performances by a talented cast of Worcester’s up-and-coming actors and actresses put one of Oscar Wilde’s most-loved plays in the spotlight.

The outdoor theatre show of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' took place in the fitting surroundings of The Commandery as part of Worcester Theatres summer season.

The verbally witty comedy weaves a web of mistaken identity, class values and the intricacies of falling in love under the eyes of overbearing elders.

Good friends Jack and Algernon bend the truth for the thrill of it – both using same pseudonym “Ernest” on the sly – which would be fine, if they hadn’t both fallen in love with (and proposed to!) women using the same name.

The eccentric characters, costumes and charming set held the attention of the audience for the two-and-a-half-hour play – while many braved the windy elements to sit through the show in their raincoats on Saturday evening (July 15).

Despite being a world away from our 21st century crimes of leading a double life – the plot holds the relatable notions of the importance we place on appearances.

Names, wealth, job titles and how we dress – yet underneath there is still a earning for something more substantial and, ultimately, real love.

The Importance of Being Earnest has often been described as Oscar Wilde’s “landmark” body of work. And Worcester Rep made sure to do that justice.

It will be shown at The Commandery (outdoor theatre) until Sunday (July 23).

Tickets are available at: https://worcestertheatres.co.uk/whats-on/the-importance-of-being-earnest