The first night of Tomahawk's production of The Importance of Being Earnest was sold out, which augurs well for the rest of the week. It also means that if you want to catch this excellent foray into Oscar Wilde territory, you may need to act quickly.

The intimacy of the Burton Taylor Studio theatre lends itself well to the piece that Wilde himself described as "exquisitely trivial", bringing into sharp focus the general silliness and web of deceit that propel it along. This is a faithful recreation of the Wilde classic, with simple sets and delightful period costumes that perfectly capture the quintessential charm and decadence of Wilde's England. The play was written in 1895, but its delicate wit still works over 100 years later. Lady Bracknell's line about education in England having no effect, for example, raised a knowing laugh from Tuesday's audience.

A highly talented cast moved the action along at good pace, interpreting their characters with intelligence and raising plenty of laughs along the way. Even the most familiar lines - and the play is littered with them - were injected with fresh humour. For me, two members of the cast stood out - Alex Nicholls with his larger-than-life Algernon Moncrieff, whom he plays with appropriate boisterousness, and Mary Stuck with her imperious Lady Bracknell. Joseph Adams gives a thoughtful portrayal of Jack Worthing, but on the opening night seemed, in the first act particularly, to be just a little too hesitant, as though he was still trying to remember his lines. Aneeqa Khan (pictured) brings just the right amount of poise to Gwendolen Fairfax, while Rachel Johnson captures the childlike qualities of Cecily Cardew.

There are strong contributions, too, from Helen Taylor as Miss Prism and Ali Nunn as Dr Chasuble, while William Hone draws a fine contrast between the two butlers, Lane and Merriman.

The Importance of Being Earnest continues until tomorrow. Box office: 01865 305305. For more information about Tomahawk, visit