This summer, outdoor theatre company Slapstick Picnic will return with a reprise of their mischievous reimagining of The Importance of Being Earnest in a UK tour.
Ripping up the recipe book and dishing out a hectic, two-actor production of Oscar Wilde’s classic play, audiences will be invited to tuck into a picnic and join in the silliness at outdoor venues.
Prepare to witness the impossible – the entirety of Oscar Wilde’s classic play of manners, affairs and handbags being performed by just two rather dashing entertainers with a little help from their hapless Stage Manager. They’ve no time for the twee tea-time titters – they want you guffawing with your gran and spitting out your sauvignon on your sister.
Director Nel Crouch said, “When it comes to enjoying the great British summer, you can’t beat basking in the evening sun, sipping an ice-cold drink, tucking into a delicious picnic and watching this classic Wilde comedy with a slapstick twist. Of course it could rain, which would shatter that lovely image… but that’s all part of the fun isn’t it!”
Slapstick Picnic comes to you from the mad minds that created the award-winning touring company, The HandleBards. The HandleBards’ are currently touring the UK with a reprise of their hit production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy Twelfth Night (until 17th September). The company shares actors and creatives with The HandleBards including theatre director Nel Crouch (RSC, Young Vic) and designer Connie Watson (New Old Friends) using their experience of outdoor theatre and adapting Shakespeare to produce this classic tale with an untraditional twist.
Slapstick Picnic‘s The Importance of Being Earnest will tour 10 July – 1 September 2022, more details can be found here