Solihull Arts Complex

The Importance of Being Earnest Outdoor Show

The Importance of Being Earnest Outdoor Show

Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, performed outdoors in Solihull's scenic Brueton Park.

When two Victorian gentlemen assume the name of ‘Earnest’, to win the affections of two ladies determined to marry a man of that name, the scene is set for Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners and triviality.

Rain or Shine invites you into the world of handbags, perambulators, cucumber sandwiches, muffins, butlers, the English upper class, and of course, that theatrical tour de force – Lady Bracknell!

Gather up your friends, pack a picnic, and bring along your own seat or blanket to enjoy this fantastic outdoor show performed lakeside in Brueton Park. Please dress appropriately for the weather - the show will go ahead, come rain or shine (unless in the case of extreme weather)!

Early booking is highly recommended, as our outdoor shows have previously sold out, and tickets are more expensive on the gate! 

Information about The Core Theatre's outdoor shows in Brueton Park

  • Seating is not provided. Audiences bring their own folding seat, blanket, waterproof coats, bin liners to sit on
  • Dress appropriately for the weather - the show will go ahead, come rain or shine! In the case of extreme weather, updates will be provided online at
  • Gates will open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
  • Food and drink is allowed in the arena.
  • Tickets to the performance are limited to 450 to ensure that everyone can see and hear adequately.
  • If you choose tickets for "collection", these are available to collect from the Core Theatre Box Office up until the day before the show. After this, they will be printed and taken to the park for collection at the gate.
  • Ticket prices will increase on the gate to £22 adult, £17 concession, £14 child, £54 family
  • Toilets are available in the nearby Parkridge Nature Centre until after the interval. There will also be a portaloo onsite. 
  • There is a small car park at the Old Warwick Road entrance - parking is not guaranteed.
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome to attend, but must be kept on a lead! We ask that you keep them away from other customers' picnics and that they do not disturb the actors or other customers. If they get restless or need to do their business at any stage, please take them to the far end of the arena, and clean up after them.
  • No cycling or ball games in the Arena please - due to close proximity of others with food etc. 

Book Tickets

Advance Ticket Prices: £20 adult, £15 concession, £12 child, £52 family (2 adults & 2 children)

Gates open at 5pm | Show starts at 6pm

Running Time: 2 hours 30 mins (including interval)

Age Guidance: 7 years and up

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