The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde FI 2The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People was first performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London. It’s a farcical comedy in which the major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.

Adapted for the radio and produced by Richard Edwards, January 2005.

Soundstage Communications production.

Duration: 120 minutes

Cast of Characters: In order of appearance

  1. Algernon Moncrieff
  2. Lane, Manservant
  3. John (Jack) Worthing, J.P.
  4. Lady Bracknell
  5. Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax
  6. Miss Prism, Governess
  7. Cecily Cardew
  8. Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.
  9. Merriman, Butler


  • ACT I. Algernon Moncrieff’s Flat in Half-Moon Street, Woolton
  • ACT II. The Garden at the Manor House, Woolton
  • ACT III. Drawing-Room at the Manor House, Woolton

Time: The Present.