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

  • by Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by Jeremy Clyde, Richard Pasco, Prunella Scales, Maurice Denham
  • 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Martin Clunes and Michael Sheen star in this full-cast production of Oscar Wilde’s well-known play. Oscar Wilde’s dazzling comedy about mistaken identities and secret engagements still delights audiences over a century after its first performance in 1895.
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.
This star-studded BBC Radio production features Martin Clunes as Algernon, Michael Hordern as Lane, Michael Sheen as Jack, Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell, Samantha Bond as Gwendolen, Miriam Margolyes as Miss Prism, and Amanda Root as Cecily.
The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.


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The Extended Version - A Real Treat

Just want to say that this is a rare, uncut version of the play. Audible's other "Earnest" titles are of the abbreviated text usually performed. It's a real pleasure to hear Wilde's very witty lines - and a whole scene - which are routinely cut from productions.

If you already know "The Importance of Being Earnest" or other of Wilde's very funny plays, you'll be aware that the plot is pure fluff and silliness. I mean that in the very best way: Monty Python and P.G Wodehouse (What Ho, Jeeves!) owe a debt to Oscar Wilde.

This is obviously an older recording, but the sound is quite good. The performers are wonderful, tho perhaps less well-known that those on other versions. I enjoyed this thoroughly!
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- C. Telfair "Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!"

I loved it

Oscar Wilde meets a fabulous cast; you can't go wrong! Witty, well-done, & worthwhile, I loved it.
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- Sheley Napier

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2010
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited