Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association invites local people to go Wilde In The Park this July

By - Thursday 18th June, 2015

Following the success of its outdoor production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ last summer, CODA Croydon will stage Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in Wandle Park from July 15th – 18th.

Release begins: CODA is proud to present Oscar Wilde’s immortal comedy ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, at the bandstand at Wandle Park, Croydon this July.

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s best known play, and has been a firm audience favourite for more than a century. Two gentlemen-about-town, Algernon and Jack, have taken to bending the truth, in order to court the delectable Gwendolen and Cecily. But when their deceptions are uncovered, they must face the consequences – as well as the formidable Lady Bracknell!

Suitable for all ages, this witty production is being staged in the round at Wandle Park’s bandstand, and is the ideal treat for a summer’s evening. Seating is provided, and CODA will be running our own bar. The production is directed by David Sanders, and assisted by Sarah Block, and stars Peter Davis as Algernon, Paul Grace as Jack, Rebecca Lyons as Cecily, Samantha Leitch as Gwendolen and Vicky Watkins as Lady Bracknell.

Wandle Park is a beautiful urban oasis just west of Croydon’s town centre. The park was originally opened in 1890, but following extensive renovation was re-opened in 2012, with the course of the river Wandle now uncovered and new facilities (including toilets) provided. CODA was the first theatrical group to perform in Wandle Park after its restoration with our production last year of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and we are extremely proud to have been asked back to perform again.

The Importance of Being Earnest runs from Wednesday 15 July to Saturday 18 July at the bandstand at Wandle Park, Croydon, with evening performances at 7:30pm and a matinee on Saturday 18 July at 2:30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and £9 for concessions, and may be booked by calling the CODA box office on 07858 879019 or online (with a 50p booking fee) at

If you have any questions about the production, then please let us know at We would be grateful if you would let people whom you think may be interested know about the production.

We hope you will be able to come along.

Release ends.

Release provider: CODA Croydon.



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