Oscar Wilde's brilliant play makes fun of the English upper classes with light-hearted satire and dazzling humour. It is 1890's England and two young gentlemen are being somewhat limited with the truth. To inject some excitement into their lives, Mr Worthing invents a brother, Earnest, as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind him to pursue the object of his desire, the ravishing Gwendolyn. While across town Algernon Montecrieff decides to take the name Earnest, when visiting Worthing's young ward Cecily. The real fun and confusion begins when the two end up together and their deceptions are in danger of being revealed.
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'Oscar Wilde's Victorian comedy of manners can still seem thrillingly contemporary - the sharp repartee and delicious skeweing of hypocrisy and pomposity can still make you laugh out loud.' Siobhan Murphy, Metro (London), 10.7.09 'The Importance of Being Earnest' is the most perfect high comedy in the English language.' Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 10.7.09 'a revelation of inter-personal social engineering that keeps things firmly in the family in a gloriously superficial piece of serious fun.' Neil Cooper, Herald, 25.10.10 'A treasure trove of delicious aphorisms and quotable epigrams' Robert Dawson Scott, The Times, 27.10.10 'Wilde's 1895 masterpiece is a magnificent piece of theatre' Joyce McMillan, Scotsman, 29.10.10 'a biting satire wrapped in a romantic comedy' Mark Brown, Sunday Herald, 31.10.10 'Wilde's tale of love, snobbery, misunderstandings and unlikely coincidences' Mark Brown, Sunday Herald, 31.10.10 'Oscar Wilde's most celebrated comedy' Allan Radcliffe, List, 4.11.10Book Description:
The BBC radio drama centenary production of Oscar Wilde's classic play, starring Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles and Martin Clunes
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