The Importance Of Being Earnest

By: Oscar Wilde

Cast: Edith Evans/John Gielgud/Gewn Ffrangcon-Davies

Station: R4

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20091011 (BBC7)
20091012 (BBC7)
20101128 (BBC7)
20101129 (BBC7)

A star-studded production of Oscar Wilde's comedy.

With Dame Judi Dench and Michael Sheen.

With Dame Judi Dench, Martin Clunes, Samantha Bond and Michael Sheen.

20070127 (BBC7)
20070128 (BBC7)

What is the secret allure of the name Ernest? Oscar Wilde's play stars Martin Clunes, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Michael Hordern.

20050101 (BBC7)
20050327 (BBC7)
20050328 (BBC7)
20060218 (BBC7)
20060219 (BBC7)

Written just over 100 years ago, Oscar Wilde's most famous play was described by its author as a trivial comedy for serious people'.

It's a mixture of the usual comic ploys of mistaken identity, thwarted romance, and a happy ending, but what makes this play a classic is Wilde's epigrams, whizzing dialogue, and the monstrous character Lady Bracknell, played in this new BBC production by Judi Dench.:

  • algernon: martin clunes
  • canon chasuble: John Moffatt
  • cecily: Amanda Root
  • gwendolen: Samantha Bond
  • jack: michael sheen
  • lady bracknell: Judi Dench
  • lane: michael horden
  • merriman: terrence alexander
  • miss prism: Miriam Margolyes
  • production for the bbc by glyn dearman

    what is the secret allure of the name ernest? Oscar Wilde's play stars martin clunes, dame Judi Dench and sir Michael Hordern

  • SNT19680330

    By: Oscar Wilde

    Cast: Edith Evans/John Gielgud/Gewn Ffrangcon-Davies

    Station: R4By: Oscar Wilde

    Starring: Edith Evans/John Gielgud/Gewn Ffrangcon-Davies.

    SNT19711120

    The play by Oscar Wilde.

    Written in the summer of 1894 while on

    holiday with his family in Worthing, Wilde's "trivial comedy for

    serious people" has gone on to become one of the best-loved plays in

    British theatre.

    With Dorothy Lane, John Rye, Peter Tuddenham, Christine Finn.

    By: Oscar Wilde

    Starring: Dorothy Lane/John Rye/Peter Tuddenham/Christine Finn.

    SUNP20001224

    By Oscar Wilde.

    Written in the summer of 1894 while on holiday with his family in Worthing, Wilde's `trivial comedy for serious people' has gone on to become one of the best-loved plays in British theatre.

    Directed by Howard Davies, with Julian Wadham, Patrick Godfrey, Simon Russell Beale, Geraldine McEwan and Victoria Hamilton (Gwendoline Fairfax), Celia Imrie (Miss Prism), Emma Fielding (Cecily Cardew), Geoffrey Palmer (The Rev Canon Chasuble) and Hugh Ross (Merriman).

    Music composed by Dominic Muldowney.