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

Cast Results

John "Jack" Worthing Total Votes: 14

  1. 1. Colin Firth 28% 
  2. 2. Ewan McGregor 21% 
  3. 3. Jeremy Northam 14% 
  4. 4. Orlando Bloom 14% 
  5. 5. Hugh Grant 7% 
  6. 6. James Purefoy 7% 
  7. 7. Jamie MacPhee 7% 

Algernon Moncrieff Total Votes: 14

  1. 1. Jude Law 28% 
  2. 2. Rupert Everett 21% 
  3. 3. Paul Bettany 14% 
  4. 4. Hugh Grant 14% 
  5. 5. Kyle Dean Massey 14% 
  6. 6. James Purefoy 7% 

Rev. Canon Chasuble (Rector of Woolton) Total Votes: 11

  1. 1. Pete Postlethwaite 27% 
  2. 2. Kenneth Branagh 18% 
  3. 3. Jim Broabent 18% 
  4. 4. Nathan Lane 18% 
  5. 5. Jim Broadbent 9% 
  6. 6. Donald Sutherland 9% 

Merriman (butler) Total Votes: 8

  1. 1. Patrick Godfrey 25% 
  2. 2. Colm Wilkinson 25% 
  3. 3. Sean Connery 25% 
  4. 4. Daniel Radcliffe 25% 

Lane (manservant) Total Votes: 7

  1. 1. Paul Bettany 42% 
  2. 2. Edward Hibbert 28% 
  3. 3. Roger Rees 14% 
  4. 4. Paul Hill 14% 

Lady Augusta Bracknell (Algernon's aunt) Total Votes: 13

  1. 1. Judi Dench 46% 
  2. 2. Vanessa Redgrave 15% 
  3. 3. Angela Lansbury 15% 
  4. 4. Jane Seymour 7% 
  5. 5. Maggie Smith 7% 
  6. 6. Judy Dench 7% 

Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax (Lady Bracknell's daughter) Total Votes: 13

  1. 1. Rosamund Pike 30% 
  2. 2. Frances O'connor 15% 
  3. 3. Elizabeth Hurley 15% 
  4. 4. Keira Knightley 15% 
  5. 5. Kate Beckinsale 7% 
  6. 6. Anna Friel 7% 
  7. 7. Rachel Youngberg 7% 

Cecily Cardew (Worthing's pretty young ward) Total Votes: 13

  1. 1. Keira Knightley 30% 
  2. 2. Reese Witherspoon 23% 
  3. 3. Emma Watson 15% 
  4. 4. Scarlett Johansson 7% 
  5. 5. Romola Garai 7% 
  6. 6. Rachel Ann Youngberg 7% 
  7. 7. Emily Blunt 7% 

Miss Prism (Cecily's governess) Total Votes: 12

  1. 1. Anna Massey 16% 
  2. 2. Juliet Stevenson 16% 
  3. 3. Allison Janney 16% 
  4. 4. Neil Patrick Harris 16% 
  5. 5. Natasha Richardson 8% 
  6. 6. Gemma Jones 8% 
  7. 7. Rachel Youngberg 8% 
  8. 8. Harriet Walter 8% 

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