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  • Summary

  • A new version of this timeless classic starring Stephen Fry as Lady Bracknell.

    Jack Worthing (Gwilym Lee) and Algernon Montcrieff (Tom Glynn Carney) have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn (Lyndsey Marshall). 

    Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily (Daisy Edgar Jones). Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and the truth starts to unravel.

    Performed by: Jonathan Coy, Janie Dee, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stephen Fry, Tom Glynn Carney, Paterson Joseph, Gwilym Lee, Lyndsey Marshall

    This original podcast is 1 episode in total, please begin with “Ep. 1: The Importance of Being Earnest”.

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  • May 24 2021

    A new version of this timeless classic starring Stephen Fry. 

    Jack Worthing and Algernon Montcrieff have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn. 

    Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and the truth starts to unravel.

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    1 hr and 56 mins

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Loved it

Loved it. Great cast and made it worth listening. I Will listen to it again.

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fantastic

wonderful performance. will listen again had a smile the all the while as i listened.

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Stephen Fry as Lady Bracknell!

Amazing performances by all, especially by Stephen Fry as Lady Bracknell. Fantastic production. Way to go, Stephen Fry and Audible!

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I loved this. So well played by the actors. I'll be relistening to this again and again

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Love Love Love

This was a fantastic recording. I highly recommend it. Stephen Fry did not disappoint, and the music reminded me of Jeeves and Wooster which made the whole thing that much better.

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A Classic

Stephen Frye as Lady Bracknell is a delight. what a splendidly garrulous grand dame. This is a spoken word classic.

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Stephen Fry

Makes ANY Audible wonderful! Seriously, he just brings an entirely new perspective to a character…and it’s worth every second.

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Amazon, brilliant, hilarious!

every element, from the book itself (obviously) to the performances to the sound effects to the music, is wonderfully done. Magnificent! bravo!

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Hilarious retelling

This was an absolutely Masterful and Brilliant theatrical telling of the play. Simply the best.

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Excellent performance

Wish I could give 10 stars for the performance! It was wildly (pun intended) fun to listen to!

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  • J. M. Poulain
  • 05-28-21

One of my favourite plays

Absolutely hilarious and incredibly witty, Oscar Wilde takes on all elements of 19th Century society, comedic plays and any other institution that crosses his path.

Incredibly tightly plotted and full of double meanings, mistaken identities and all manner of comedy tropes.

It's a bit weird that this is billed as "Starring Stephen Fry" when he plays Lady Bracknell who typically receives a lower billing than Jack, Algernon, Gwendolin and sometimes Cecilia.

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  • John Hanna
  • 06-24-21

Loved it

I've never read the importance of being Ernest so had no idea what to expect. I found this well written, witty and generally pretty enjoyable. The music finished it off for me 👍

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  • Jacky
  • 06-19-21

A very entertaining podcast, funny, quite quirky

I enjoyed this podcast and found myself laughing over the tangled webs that were being spun, infectious, loved that the tables were turned on the guys by their pupil, narration was hilarious

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  • 06-01-21

This classic never fails

I don't believe I can ever go wrong listening to this hilarious play. This is not my favourite cast but it's really good! One to listen again and again.

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  • 08-07-21

highly entertaining

i was not disappointed! told brilliantly, incredibly funny and the actors were all fantastic. i look forward to listening to more

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  • maire
  • 07-16-22

Hilarious, clever, uplifting!

Wonderful rendition of a wonderful work. From Lady Bracknell to Miss Prism - all parts are delightfully acted. A must-listen-to production.

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  • ashford
  • 06-21-22

A great way of experiencing the play

A pure joy, and very well produced and acted. The only jarring element is the jazz music. The Importance of Being Earnest is a play of the 1890s or it is nothing. Ragtime, perhaps but not interwar Swing! Anyway, a minor irritant only. The play itself is a constant marvel, and remains one of the funniest things ever written.

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  • Amy
  • 12-28-21

Perfect

This is one of my all-time favourite stories and the performances here are just perfection.

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  • A. Smedley
  • 11-28-21

Excellent version of a favourite play

Really enjoyed it, especially Stephen Fry as Lady Bracknell. I never get tired of this play when well performed

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  • J Smith
  • 11-21-21

Great production

Enjoyed listening to this production very much. Took me back to younger days. Loved it

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  • Phoebe
  • 06-28-21

Excellent

First time experiencing this play and I really enjoyed it. Really witty & fun script, with moments of progressive/subversive comment during this upper class period piece. The actors are wonderful with refined and expressive voices. Stephen Fry gives a classic pantomime dame type performance as the overbearing aunt.

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  • D. Hopkins
  • 03-13-22

Great rendition of classic piece

Unlike the tiring task of reading a play this was both engaging and funny, as well as being a great introduction to Oscar Wilde’s work.

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  • Jared Cockayne
  • 08-27-21

Delightful classic

The witty humour and words are brought to life through the colourful cast playing the colourful characters