A SHOW promising to be full of wry humour, scathing observations and glorious wit is playing at Blackfriars Theatre.
Boston Playgoers will be presenting its interpretation of the Oscar Wilde tale The Importance of Being Earnest at the Spain Lane venue from today (Wednesday) until Saturday.
The show centres around the antics and deceptions of Algernon and Jack in their attempts to woo the fanciful Cecily and Gwendolen, the stylish daughters of the redoubtable Lady Bracknell.
Algernon devises a cunning plan involving the inventing of a mythical, sickly friend Mr Bunbury.
The plan furnishes him with the opportunity of avoiding more tedious commitments by disappearing to the country.
Jack’s story, however, is questionable, with his start in life involving a railway station, a three volume novel and a handbag.
The solution to the mystery is eventually revealed by Cecily’s tutor Miss Prism, a lady of a nervous disposition admired by self-confessed celibate Dr Chasuble.
Co-director Liz Worsley has recently picked up an award for her success with Wuthering Heights at the recent NODA awards.
Boston Playgoers also took first place in the best one-act play category at this year’s Skegness Play Festival with Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter.
The play was first produced in St James's Theatre, London, on St Valentine's Day 1895.
It is often regarded as Wilde’s greatest success while at the same time starting his downfall when, on the opening night, the father of an intimate friend was barred for planning to throw spoiled vegetables on stage and disrupt the show.
This, and further harassment, resulted in a series of trials which ended up with Wilde’s imprisonment.
Wilde's ensuing notoriety caused the play, despite its success, to be closed after only 86 performances.
It has, however, been revived many times since.
Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £9 (£8 conc).
l To book call 01205 363108.