The Importance of Being Earnest audiobook

The Importance of Being Earnest audiobook
by 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


The Importance of Being Earnest
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The original production of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895 with Allan Aynesworthas Algernon (left) and George Alexander as John (right)
Written by Oscar Wilde
Date premiered 1895
Place premiered St James’s Theatre,
London, England, UK
Original language English
Genre Comedy, farce
Setting London and an estate inHertfordshire