A romping revival of Oscar Wilde‘s comedic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, is coming to Australian cinemas in the new year.

Captured live from London’s Vaudeville Theatre, the new adaptation stars Olivier Award winner and Poirot star David Suchet as the feisty and famous Lady Bracknell.

Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff (Philip Cumbus – regular player at Shakespeare’s Globe) and the utterly reliable John Worthing J.P., (Downton Abbey’s Michael Benz) lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax (Emily Barber) and Cecily Cardew (Imogen Doel). The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions – and with the formidable Lady Bracknell!

The character has a long tradition of being portrayed by men, and most recently, Australian veteran actor of screen and stage Geoffrey Rush donned the dress for the Melbourne Theatre Company.

The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Adrian Noble (The King’s Speech, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and will screen in cinemas nationally from February 6 2016.