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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde.

Product Code: I18000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy
  • Cast size: 5m., 4w. (1 extra.)

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  • Awards: Theatre Communication Group’s Top 10 Most-Produced Plays

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Oscar Wilde's classic is a delight from the first cucumber sandwich on as Jack's double life catches up with him. The problems are resolved in an extremely charming and quite unexpected way as Jack and Algernon discover the importance of being earnest while answering to the name of Ernest.


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This is an abridged version of the original play.


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code I18000
  • Cast Size 9
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 95 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults | Praise Groups
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Comedy
  • ISBN(13) 9780871293398
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"A great classic comedy with lots of opportunities for actors of high-school ages and up! Witty, humorous dialogue and satirical situations which makes for great fun to produce! "
Review by Kurt Priebe, Friends University, Wichita, Kan.
"I am pleased that we did this play as a virtual event for our patrons and followers. It was a grand success which most all in attendance watching the full virtual staged reading. Proves that old classic plays still have a place in our current culture. In fact, I think people are longing to go back in time.
Review by Ron Celona, Coachella Valley Repertory, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
"This is a delightful classic to which audiences respond favorably. The production requires considerable attention to detail, but the results are rewarding. Characters may be interpreted in many ways, allowing the persons portraying them to demonstrate their creativity and talent. The technical aspects are not complicated and can be adapted to different levels of production."
Review by Byron D. Bond, Trine University, Angola, Ind.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"This show was a blast to produce! The show could be as elaborate or as simple as you would like, and that is entirely up to the director and producer. We produced the entire show on a $1400 budget with some money to spare at the end of it, but we did spend a little bit extravagantly. This show could very well be produced with a much smaller budget if you have the right resources."
Tip by Allison Angilello, Starbright Little Players, Raleigh, N.C.


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Haid Theater, Belmont Abbey College Belmont North Carolina 2/14/2025 2/23/2025
Cedar Cliff High School Camp Hill Pennsylvania 11/7/2024 11/10/2024
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CoVA Church Norfolk Virginia 8/8/2024 8/10/2024
TheatreWorks Community Players Martinsville Virginia 6/20/2025 6/29/2025
KCKCC Kansas City Kansas 3/6/2025 3/9/2025
Hendersonville Performing Arts Company Hendersonville Tennessee 3/21/2025 4/6/2025
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion Indiana 11/7/2024 11/16/2024
Timpanogos High Orem Utah 11/7/2024 11/11/2024
The Festival Playhouse at Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo Michigan 11/7/2024 11/10/2024
Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts Painesville Ohio 5/9/2025 5/10/2025
Nixa High Nixa Missouri 2/6/2025 2/8/2025
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