Have your handbags at the ready as one of the most popular English comedies of all time is coming to the Chester Little Theatre.

Oscar Wilde produced many famous works during his illustrious career but few have entered the hearts of minds of generations of theatre-goers in the same way as The Importance of Being Earnest.

Directed by Delyse Rostron from May 7-14, the Chester Theatre Club production will bring together two young actresses who recently appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the two close friends nearly divided by misunderstandings and jealousy, Hermia and Helena.

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And in Wilde’s play they are again playing two lovely young things who, through deliberate misleading and lying on the part of two young gentlemen, are again in jealous conflict, both mistakenly assuming they are in love with the same Ernest.

Meg Lamour, who played Hermia in The Dream, here plays the sophisticated Gwendolen, daughter of the fearsome Lady Bracknell and madly in love with Ernest.

Sarah Morris, Helena in The Dream, plays Cecily, the innocent young ward of “Uncle” Jack who, tucked away in the countryside far from the temptations of the city, dreams of meeting and falling in love with someone called Ernest.

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Jack’s friend, Algernon, on hearing about Cecily, is immediately attracted. He adopts the name Ernest and goes to the country to meet her.

Eventually they all come up against the formidable Lady Bracknell (played by Penelope Morris) whose reaction to a handbag revelation is unforgettable!

The Importance of Being Earnest is showing at the Chester Little Theatre in Goucester Street, Newtown, on Saturday, May 7 and then from Monday, May 9 to Saturday, May 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 and £7.50 concessions on first Saturday, Monday and Tuesday evenings. Book on-line at www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk or by telephone at TicketSource 0333 666 3366. Booking charges apply.