The play explores human frailty and social hypocrisy. Sir Robert Chilton is accused of exploiting government secrets for his own gain early in his political career. With this revelation comes the threat of blackmail and the ruin of his career. But, to be a successful blackmailer, one’s own reputation must be beyond reproach.
The 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.