Wilde’s endearing and enduring comedy promises to delight with mistaken identities, romance, social commentary and a touch of fantasy!

Two young men, Jack and Algernon, are seeking love and excitement.

Jack has invented a wicked and irresponsible younger brother named Ernest to provide him with an excuse to escape his responsibilities in the country. Jack adopts the name of Ernest when he is in the city in pursuit of love and the hand of the sophisticated Gwendolen. Algernon adopts the role of Ernest to escape family responsibilities in the city and goes into the country in search of love and the mysterious Cecily.

Like the characters, the audience will escape into the entertaining and playful world of Wilde’s comedy.

Sept 16th, 2021 – Oct 17th, 2021
Evening & Matinee Performances available

Adult $28, Students (18 & under) $22
Ticket prices include applicable taxes & fees

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To ensure the comfort and safety of our audience tickets will be extremely limited to make it possible for the audience to socially distance.

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This special 90-minute, one-act adaptation is given a fantastical and playful contemporary setting brought to life by a company of talented local actors and directed by Capitol Theatre’s Artistic Director, Susan Ferley. The cast includes several Northumberland Players and other luminous local talents.

Director – Susan Ferley
Algernon Moncrief – Matthew Walker
Jack Worthing – Marc Ludwig
Lady Bracknell – Kim Brouwer
Gwendolen – Lauren Murphy
Miss Prism – Rebecca Rennicks
Cecily – Mackenzie Annis
Lane – Abby Corkery
Doctor Chasuble – Peter McLaughlin
Merriman – Tim Annis


September 16th, 2021 – October 17th, 2021
Evenings & Matinees

Thursday, September 16 – 7:30
Friday, September 17 – 7:30
Saturday, September 18 – 2:00
Saturday, September 18 – 7:30
Sunday, September 19 – 2:00
Thursday September 30 – 7:30

Friday, October 1 – 7:30
Saturday, October 2 – 2:00
Saturday, October 2 – 7:30
Sunday, October 3 – 2:00
Thursday, October 14 – 7:30
Friday, October 15 – 7:30
Saturday, October 16 – 2:00
Saturday, October 16 – 7:30
Sunday, October 17 – 2:00


At the Capitol Theatre the safety and well-being of our artists, guests, volunteers and staff are of paramount importance. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have closely monitored all HKPR public health notices along with the Ontario Government guidelines and will continue to follow the rules and regulations set out in Reopening Ontario & the Reopening Roadmap Guidelines.

Safety processes and procedures will be in place and apply to all individuals associated with the running and attendance of these performances to include; staff, volunteers, performers, contractors, and guests. The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation – if necessary a review of the following plan may result in changes as required.

The Board of Directors and Management of the theatre have approved the implementation of a mandatory vaccination policy which will require that all persons entering the theatre be fully vaccinated, except for those who can provide proof of medical exemptions. A copy of the COVID-19 Policy is published on our web site and copies are located at our box office, in the theatre lobby and at building entrances.


  • All people entering the Capitol Theatre must provide proof of full vaccination, accompanied by a personal ID.

  • This performance will have a run time of 90 mins with no intermission.

  • All performance tickets will be sold General Admission with a maximum group size of 6 per order.For the safety of all guests attending performances,  pre-assigned seating requests will not be considered and seats will be assigned by the theatre ensuring a safe social distance between all parties.

  • Concession vouchers will be available for pre-purchase with your show tickets or on-site prior to the performance only
  • All guests will be required to wear masks throughout the performance, except when eating or drinking in the assigned theatre seats.