The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest Resources
Movie or TV Productions
The latest and most modernized version of the play, featuring Jack (Colin Firth) and Algernon (Rupert Everett) singing duets to serenade the girls, showing Gwendolen (Frances O’ Connor) get tattoos of Ernest in special places, and revealing Cecily’s (Reese Witherspoon) daydreams of her knight in shining armor, Sir Ernest. Dame Judi Dench plays Lady Bracknell.
A film about Oscar Wilde’s life, featuring snippets from a production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
A production of the play featuring an all black cast.
An Australian production of the play, recorded in front of a live audience.
One of the most definitive early versions of the play, starring Dame Edith Evans in the most famous rendering of Lady Bracknell.
A free mp3 recording of the play, performed by volunteers all over the world.
The soundtrack to the 2002 movie, featuring original songs written for and sung by the characters of Jack and Algernon.
Poster for the 2002 movie, starring Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Rupert Everett, Frances O'Connor, and Judi Dench.
The Criterion Collection cover of 1952 movie.
A black-and-white photo of the most famous actress in Earnest history as Lady Bracknell.
One page of Oscar Wilde’s original manuscript for Earnest.
A rare interview with Oscar Wilde published in the St. James Gazette in January 1895 (one month before Earnest’s debut), right after the publication of An Ideal Husband. Lots on the French.
A first-edition manuscript of Earnest was donated anonymously to charity shop in October 2007, found – appropriately – in a handbag.
A really strange case featuring fake Wilde manuscripts and a forger named Dorian Hope.
An article about the centenary commemoration of Wilde’s death, which features some information on original Earnest manuscripts.
An article about letters discovered in 1985 from Oscar Wilde.
A gushing review about a 1977 Independence Day debut of the play.
A blurb on a modern remake of Earnest. No longer in London and the English countryside, the play is reset in Hollywood and Santa Barbara. All the characters are now movie stars and August Bracknell (that’s right, a man) is their director.
A fan site with lots of pictures, articles, and an interview with British actor Colin Firth, who plays Jack Worthing in the 2002 movie. Get ready for lots of Wilde puns.