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The Importance of Being Earnest (29 Nov. 1985)

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In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.


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Gary Bond ...
Jeremy Clyde ...
Ann Thornton ...
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Henry Moxon ...
Alan Hay ...
Sydney Arnold ...
David Matthews ...


In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

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The premiere Broadway production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" opened at the Lyceum Theater (New York City) on April 22, 1895, ran for 12 performances and has been revived in New York City eight times since as of 2010. See more »


Version of The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) See more »

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12 September 2004 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to tape this when it aired on TV and have rewatched it many times since. Wendy Hiller is a magnificent Lady Bracknell, making all the more funny the scene where Gwendolyn turns into her mama. I'm especially fond of Jeremy Clyde as Algy. Cecily and Gwendolyn play off well against Algy and Jack. Watch for the back and forth dialogue in unison between the pairs! I wish they would make it commercially available, my VHS tape won't last forever. I saw several other programs at the same time that were also excellent and I think are not commercially available--and should be! I'm thinking of 'On the Razzle' starring Felicity Kendall in a male role, and a performance of a Shakespeare play by jugglers (I think the Flying Karamazovs?) that had me literally rolling on the floor and pounding my fists on the rug.

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