'Earnest' was apparently Victorian slang for 'gay'; 'Cecily' was a well-known name for rent boys.
Oh dear. The quote from the programme above and a lukewarm review from The Evening Standard, left me fearing the worst as I settled into my seat at the Vaudeville Theatre for Peter Gill's latest. Then the curtain opened, Algernon and Lane started talking nonsense about piano playing, cucumber sandwiches and champagne and all was well with the world.
The Importance of Being Earnest can be classified with Cyrano de Bergerac. If you are capable of watching a production of either without enjoying it then you are so jaded that you should be forbidden from the theatre.
We were also treated to an interval after each act. Two G&T's and two loo breaks greatly enhance any comedy when you are given to arriving as well refreshed as I tend to.