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Even wilder wit at the Playhouse



Award-winning director Denzel Westley-Sanderson's retelling of Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest premieres at Leeds Playhouse this autumn (September 5-17).

Mixing Wilde’s wit with chart-toppers and contemporary references, the co-production from Leeds Playhouse, English Touring Theatre and the London-based Rose Theatre, claims to offer a unique insight into this most famous of classic English comedies.

Denzel won the chance to direct the show as the recipient of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021.

“Touring is such a vital part of the theatre industry and I’m excited to be a part of that and to open at Leeds," said Denzel. “Expect all the sass, shade, and wit this play has to offer.”

Playhouse artistic director James Brining said: “We can’t wait to work with Denzel on what promises to be an exciting part of our autumn and winter season. We pride ourselves on supporting visionary artists at all stages of their career as part of our pioneering Furnace artistic development programme.

"We feel honoured to be able to work with Denzel as he reaches a pivotal point in what looks set to be a stellar career."