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  • The Importance of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
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    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightfully silly"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    In this classic 19th century comedy of manners, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrief masquerade under the name of Earnest in order to win the love of Gwendolyn and Cecily. But first they must match wits with the inimitable Lady Bracknell!

  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles, Martin Clunes
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance.

    C. Telfair says: "Funny and Classic"
  • Classic Radio Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) | Oscar Wilde

    Classic Radio Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Jeremy Clyde, Richard Pasco, Prunella Scales, and others
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    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Algernon Moncrieff, a bachelor-about-town, has invented an invalid friend called Bunbury in order to get out of tiresome family engagements. At the same time, his friend, Jack Worthing, has invented a wicked brother called Ernest to disguise his own misdemeanours. When Algernon poses as Ernest to win the heart of Cecily Cardew, confusion reigns, and it takes the discovery of an old black handbag to reveal the truth.

    C. Telfair says: "The Extended Version - A Real Treat"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde,F.H. Cornish

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde, F.H. Cornish
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    The Macmillan Readers series is one of the most popular and respected series of Readers for learners of English. Macmillan Readers are simplified ‘retellings’ of an original work. They are created by highly-experienced ELT writers.Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece of love and mistaken identity was a great hit when it first appeared on the stage in 1895 and has remained hugely popular with theatre audiences ever since.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By John Gielgud
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    The Importance of Being Earnest is probably the wittiest comedy in the English language; it is certainly the least earnest. The subtitle, "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", gives a clear indication of its nature. It is a play about the only subjects that Oscar Wilde would admit taking seriously: wit, elegance, and paradox.

    Tom says: "the Gielgud voice - what a joy"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (dramatized) | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest (dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By John Gielgud, Edith Evans
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This is one of the great recordings of a great play. John Gielgud stars as Earnest and Edith Evans gives her indomitable performance as Lady Bracknell in this classic radio recording from 1951.

    John says: "This is the one you want"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatized) | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By full cast, Greg Wise, Miriam Margolyes
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Algernon Moncrieff has invented an invalid friend, Bunbur, to call him away from is family duties. His friend Jack Worthing has created an imaginary brother, Ernest, to disguise his own misdemeanors. When Algernon turns up at the home of Jack's ward Cecily, only the truth - no matter how extraordinary - can put matters right.

    Ting-Yee says: "Yummy, fast 'read'"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • ABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By John Gielgud, Pamela Brown
    Overall
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    Oscar Wilde's most popular and enduring play is set in Victorian England and concerns characters who maintain false identities in order to escape their social obligations. The play, which satirises Victorian society, is full of wit and humour.

  • La importancia de llamarse Ernesto [The Importance of Being Earnest] | Oscar Wilde

    La importancia de llamarse Ernesto [The Importance of Being Earnest]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Antón Palomar
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    La comedia narra los divertidos entresijos en la alta burguesía del viejo Londres, y la doble personalidad que el protagonista, Jack Worthing adopta para, por una parte lograr tener la conciencia tranquila en armonía con lo que la sociedad nos dicta, el “ser formales, ser como es debido”, y por otra parte mostrarse como realmente es, con sus instintos, sus bajezas, en definitiva con su cara más natural.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Alec McCowan, Lynn Redgrave
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    A wonderfully charming recording available for the first time as a digital download.Jack Worthing lives in the country with his budding young ward Cecily Cardew and her fusspot governess, Miss Prism. To escape his situation, Jack invents a brother named Ernest who lives in London and frequently needs him. When in London, Jack then poses as Ernest. This elaborate fabrication proceeds smoothly until Jack/Ernest falls in love and his fiancee’s mother discovers there is more – or, rather, less – to him than meets the eye.“

  • The Importance Of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance Of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By John Gielgud, Edith Evans
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Importance of Being Earnest is undoubtably Oscar Wilde's best known play probably due to its sharp wit that cannot help but enchant and entertain any reader, theatregoer or listener with this performance.

  • The Trials of Oscar Wilde | Gyles Brandreth

    The Trials of Oscar Wilde

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gyles Brandreth
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
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    On 18th February 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry left a visiting card at the Albemarle Club on which he had written: "To Oscar Wilde posing as a sodomite." The accusation led to a series of three trials and the imprisonment of Wilde. This compelling dramatic recreation has been carefully compiled from the original trial transcripts.

    Gwynne says: "Wow! What a performance!"
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