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The Importance of Being Ernest at Nymans

This summer, brand new outdoor theatre company Slapstick Picnic will embark on their first UK tour with a mischievous reimagining of The Importance of Being Earnest. 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. And you can catch the show in the stunning grounds of Nymans near Haywards Heath on the 3rd September.

Importance of Being Ernest Nymans

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.

Importance of Being Ernest Nymans

Director Nel Crouch said, “The show is 90 minutes of pure unadulterated fun. And after the year we’ve all had, what more could you want? So come and join us in our celebration of silliness this summer. But a word of warning: arm yourself with a glass of chardonnay, a cucumber sandwich and prepare yourself for a Wild(e) romp!” And we couldn’t agree more about needing some unadulterated fun!


Slapstick Picnic comes to you from the mad minds that created the award-winning touring company, The HandleBards. The company shares actors and creatives with The HandleBards including theatre director Nel Crouch (RSC, Young Vic) and Connie Watson (New Old Friends).


Although this event is now over, you can find out more about Nymans and the surrounding area here:

Discover Romantic Nymans Gardens, West Sussex

West Sussex Walk: Handcross 6 km Circular Route

Sussex Eating Destination: The Red Lion at Handcross

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