Outdoor Oscar Wilde

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Theatre fans can enjoy Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest in an outdoor setting at Waddesdon Manor today (Saturday).

The play, first performed in 1895, tells the story of two friends who create alter egos to impress two women.

Meanwhile theatre company The Pantaloons will offer a few contemporary twists to the tale. Director Mark Hayward said: “This is not just a retread of an old standard.

“This is a show crammed full of imagination. We’ve taken influence from silent film, Victorian music hall and contemporary physical theatre to compliment Wilde’s brilliant words.”

On arrival butlers will show theatregoers to their seats, announce their arrival, open their champagne and maybe even shine their shoes.

The show starts at 6pm on Saturday July 21. Tickets are £9-£12 . For more details visit www.thepantaloons.co.uk