The Importance of Being Oscar (2010)

Micheál MacLiámmóir

The Importance of Being Oscar (2010)

The Importance of Being Oscar is Micheál MacLiámmóir’s magnificent tribute to the genius of Oscar Wilde. Material ranges from Dorian Gray to De Profundis, from The Importance of Being Earnest to Reading Gaol. But it is by the addition of a commentary – cunningly disguised as comedy – that Oscar weaves a tapestry, which, as it unfolds upon the stage, reaffirms Wilde as a master of English letters and the greatest wit of his generation.

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The Importance of Being Oscar is Micheál MacLiámmóir’s magnificent tribute to the genius of Oscar Wilde. Material ranges from Dorian Gray to De Profundis, from The Importance of Being Earnest to Reading Gaol. But it is by the addition of a commentary – cunningly disguised as comedy – that Oscar weaves a tapestry, which, as it unfolds upon the stage, reaffirms Wilde as a master of English letters and the greatest wit of his generation.

The production opened at South Hill Park marking the 25th anniversary of The Wilde Theatre on the 15th May 2009.

South Hill Park, Bracknell

Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Arena, St Albans

Theatre Royal Waterford, Ireland

Strule Arts Centre, Ireland

The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Byre, St Andrews

Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham

“Alastair Whatley takes centre stage as the lights go up, in order to introduce us to the life and works of one of England’s most notorious writers. It’s a one-man show and Whatley’s talent and enthusiasm for the subject are instantly clear through his physicality.

This play would most accurately be described as the most captivating English literature lesson you could ever hope for and, Wilde fan or not, well worth a try.”

Amanda Gegg, Spoonfed


“This is a play not only for all lovers of Wilde’s work but also makes a good and comprehensive introduction for anyone who is not so familiar. Alastair Whatley admits, in the programme notes, that the part is “heartbreakingly sad and exhausting” to perform as he transports the audience through the highs and lows of this most fascinating and talented character.”

Ann Bawtree, The Public Reviews


“It was wonderful and Whatley delivered the key points in Oscar Wilde’s life and art with verve, dedication and style in a wonderful stage setting, loads of clever props, a clever sound and visual plot designed by Victoria Spearing.

Here’s hoping the Theatre Royal will bring this fine company back with more good work.”

Liam Murphy, Munster Express Online


“…very professional and absorbing performance of a piece that deserved to be revived.”

Suzanne Hawkes, Remotegoat.co.uk


Alastair Whatley

Directed by: Tom Niel

Set Design by: Victoria Spearing

Lighting Design by: Alan Valentine

Costume Design by: Fiona Davis

General Management by: Sonja Drew

Marketing by: Jordan Productions

Stage Management by: Zachary Holton

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