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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Wilde's most successful play. A comedy of love, deception and mistaken identity in Victorian England. Jack Worthing lives in the country with his pretty ward Cecily Cardew. But in the city, he goes by the name of Earnest and is in love with Gwendolyn Fairfax. Miss Fairfax's cousin is Algernon Moncrieff, who, also using the name Earnest, goes to the country and falls in love with Jack's ward Cecily. When they all come together, we have two men who claim to be Earnest and aren't and two girls who are in love with men named Earnest who aren't Earnest. Summary by A.L.Beneteau

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 7

  1. 1. Richard Curtis 28% 
  2. 2. Oliver Parker 28% 
  3. 3. Kenneth Branagh 28% 
  4. 4. Frank Oz 14% 

Cast Results

John "Jack" Worthing Total Votes: 12

  1. 1. Colin Firth 33% 
  2. 2. Ewan McGregor 25% 
  3. 3. Jeremy Northam 16% 
  4. 4. Hugh Grant 8% 
  5. 5. James Purefoy 8% 
  6. 6. Jamie MacPhee 8% 

Algernon Moncrieff Total Votes: 12

  1. 1. Jude Law 33% 
  2. 2. Rupert Everett 25% 
  3. 3. Paul Bettany 16% 
  4. 4. Hugh Grant 16% 
  5. 5. James Purefoy 8% 

Rev. Canon Chasuble (Rector of Woolton) Total Votes: 9

  1. 1. Pete Postlethwaite 33% 
  2. 2. Kenneth Branagh 22% 
  3. 3. Jim Broabent 22% 
  4. 4. Jim Broadbent 11% 
  5. 5. Donald Sutherland 11% 

Merriman (butler) Total Votes: 6

  1. 1. Patrick Godfrey 33% 
  2. 2. Colm Wilkinson 33% 
  3. 3. Sean Connery 33% 

Lane (manservant) Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Paul Bettany 60% 
  2. 2. Roger Rees 20% 
  3. 3. Paul Hill 20% 

Lady Augusta Bracknell (Algernon's aunt) Total Votes: 11

  1. 1. Judi Dench 54% 
  2. 2. Vanessa Redgrave 18% 
  3. 3. Jane Seymour 9% 
  4. 4. Judy Dench 9% 
  5. 5. Maggie Smith 9% 

Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax (Lady Bracknell's daughter) Total Votes: 11

  1. 1. Rosamund Pike 36% 
  2. 2. Frances O'connor 18% 
  3. 3. Elizabeth Hurley 18% 
  4. 4. Kate Beckinsale 9% 
  5. 5. Anna Friel 9% 
  6. 6. Rachel Youngberg 9% 

Cecily Cardew (Worthing's pretty young ward) Total Votes: 11

  1. 1. Keira Knightley 36% 
  2. 2. Reese Witherspoon 27% 
  3. 3. Scarlett Johansson 9% 
  4. 4. Emily Blunt 9% 
  5. 5. Romola Garai 9% 
  6. 6. Rachel Ann Youngberg 9% 

Miss Prism (Cecily's governess) Total Votes: 10

  1. 1. Anna Massey 20% 
  2. 2. Juliet Stevenson 20% 
  3. 3. Allison Janney 20% 
  4. 4. Natasha Richardson 10% 
  5. 5. Harriet Walter 10% 
  6. 6. Gemma Jones 10% 
  7. 7. Rachel Youngberg 10% 

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