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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Apr. 28, 29

“The Importance...” premiered on St. Valentine’s Day 1895 at the St. James Theatre, London. Since then it has been performed thousands of times and aptly described as a “trivial comedy for serious people!” Misidentities, witty banter, love, all conspire to be one of English’s most brilliant comedies ever to have seen the stage. We should be so lucky the world had Oscar Wilde in it, and even more so, that he wrote at all!

The Importance of Being Earnest

Legacy of Plays


Friday 7:00 PM
Saturday 2:00, 7:00 PM
100 - 125 maximum seating


The Lancaster Playhouse
201 S. Broad (at Chestnut)
Lancaster, Ohio 43130


Playhouse parking for performances conveniently located south of theater at Lancaster City and the Lancaster Schools' lots at South Broad and Walnut Streets.

Our Mission

The Lancaster Playhouse has been created with the enthusiastic mission of expanding community theater as an enriching experience through the creativeness of actors and vision of directors; by production participants devoted to set and costume design, publicity and numerous areas of the theater experience; and with audience entertainment, stimulation, acceptance and support.

The most exciting acting tends to happen in roles you never thought you could play.


Tickets for each play will go on sale 30 days in advance. Tickets can be ordered by calling The Lancaster Playhouse Box Office at 740-974-6648, Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. Payment is by check or credit card (have credit card information readily available when ordering tickets). Call Box Office for ticket availability.

New this season TLP offers the following ticket options:

Reserved, preferential area seating tickets for $15. (Holders of these tickets will be guaranteed a seat in a special reserved section, with contiguous seating of 3 or more individuals wanting to sit together and convenience of arriving 15 minutes before curtain)

General admission ticket for $12. (Holders of these tickets should arrive 30 to 60 minutes before curtain to select their seats)

Student general admission (grades 9 through college) ticket for $10. (Holders of these tickets also should arrive 30 to 60 minutes before curtain to select seats)

Reserved tickets (seats) will be limited and are expected to sell quickly. Please purchase these ASAP. An update on these will be given when no longer available.


The Lancaster Playhouse could use your help with ushering and intermission, greeters, sets, props, costumes, and various publicity needs. Are you an enthusiastic volunteer who hasn't quite found an outlet for that creative energy you have? The Lancaster Playhouse may be for you! Email us today.

The Lancaster Playhouse has been designated a 501(c)3 non-profit organization for your tax deductible donor support!

Success of The Lancaster Playhouse mission will come certainly from our audiences but also, more importantly, from your generous donorship to TLP. Won't you consider your 2016-2017 season check now to The Lancaster Playhouse, P.O. Box 333, Lancaster, Ohio, 43130. Your "check of confidence" will be noted in each production program.

Level Donation
Producer Level Donor $1000+
Director Level Donor $500+
Lead Actor Level Donor $250+
Supporting Role Level Donor $100+
Extras Level Donor $50+

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Your donation of $50 - $500 will make a difference. The stage, the costumes, the lights, the dramatic moments, all become reality by your gifts. Each time you see a performance by The Lancaster Playhouse or share our excitement with friends - you also have become one with our mission.

What Does Your Donation Help Pay?
Donation Benefit
$100 Cost to build two 4x8 or four 4x4 stage platforms. Rental of one spot light per weekend.
$250 Assistance to defray costs of stage flooring surface, audience platforms, publicity, web development / maintenance.
$500 Provides funding toward theater rental space for ONE of three performances in a season.
$500+ Helps meet royalty costs, scripts, librettos. Promotes an insured, healthy, thriving FUTURE for The Lancaster Playhouse.

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