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Publisher's Summary

Here is the BBC radio drama centenary production of Oscar Wilde's classic play, starring Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles, and Martin Clunes.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.
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By S on 11-10-09

Wonderfully entertaining ear-candy

One of my favourites by Oscar Wilde... Is it possible to "hear" an arched eyebrow? Dame Judi Dench is infallible as Lady Bracknell: "To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." I never get tired of this!

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By Gretchen SLP on 12-08-15

To be born, or at any rate bred, in a handbag...

Agree strongly with one previous reviewer: This is total ear-candy, the best recorded version available, and my go-to Audible selection whenever I need a laugh. The entire cast is superb, with both lead males and both lead females quite surprisingly rising to meet the standard set by none other than Grand Dame Judi Dench in the role she was born to play, the formidable Lady Bracknell. Enjoy!

To the previous reviewer who complained that this is some sort of edited or abridged version: If so, the edits were so minor as to escape notice by two college English professors who have studied (and written essays about) Wilde and this play--which remains, in this version, the funniest play ever written. Buy it now; you won't be sorry!

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By William Carse-Austen on 03-21-17

Wonderfully Written Wordsmithery

If you could sum up The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

Witty, eloquent, ludicrous.

What did you like best about this story?

Wilde's ways with words and his ability to create the absurd.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Timing and approach.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Earnestly, Important.

Any additional comments?

A must listen for any genuine English literature fan.

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By Amazon Customer on 02-05-17

so funny

Oscar Wilde is such a fantastic and witty play write. I had to read The Importance of Being Earnest for a university assignment and I'm so glad I did. loved it

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By Margaret on 07-29-16

The Importance of Being Earnest

The book did not into dice the characters well at the beginning of the book, which made it difficult at times to follow the relationships between the characters. This was clearly intentional as the relationships all became clear in the last chapter. However, unless my understanding is completely wrong Earnest would have been engaged to his first cousin, sister to Alginon. The performances were outstanding. I now have it in mind to see this story played out on stage. Any reader who enjoyed Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing will enjoy this book.

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