The Importance of Being Earnest (version 3)

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," and has proved immensely popular since its first performance in 1895. The play certainly has its farcical and comic elements, such as the witty banter exchanged by the characters and the flippant attitude towards love and marriage that characterizes the action. However, the play also explores more serious themes through the central story of Jack Worthing's search for his identity. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

John Worthing: Dublin Gothic
Algernon Moncrieff: John Fricker
Rev. Chasuble: Martin Geeson
Merriman: mb
Lane: Algy Pug
Lady Bracknell: Ruth Golding
Gwendolyn Fairfax: Elizabeth Klett
Cecily Cardew: Arielle Lipshaw
Miss Prism: Carol Box
Narrator: Tiffany Halla Colonna

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett

Genre(s): Comedy

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Act 1 Group 00:45:08
Play 02 Act 2 Algy Pug
John Fricker
Play 03 Act 3 Ruth Golding
Martin Geeson