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The Importance of Being Earnest - 2011 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

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The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette. Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities - not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen's mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Running Time:

2 hours and 20 minutes, with two intermissions

American Airlines Theatre (Broadway)


About the Theatre
(New York, NY)
229 W. 42nd St.

Featured Reviews For The Importance of Being Earnest


Importance of Being Earnest - New York Daily News
"The Importance of Being Earnest" turns 116 next month, and the old joker is surprisingly spry. Though the new Broadway revival of Oscar Wilde's satire isn't quite a nonstop delight -- it takes too long to rev up -- it makes for an enjoyable evening.

The 'Importance' of Oscar Wilde Proved Again - Associated Press
While it's fashionable these days to have the monstrous Bracknell tackled by a man, Bedford never seems tempted by the drag casting to veer toward camp, even when served up some of the best Wildean lines. His lips perpetually pursed as if sucking on a lemon, Bedford scowls and peers imperiously without ever betraying his real chromosomal makeup, even winkingly.


 

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by Roundabout Theatre Company - June 22, 2011
Star Profile: Name: Jessie Austrian Show: The Importance of Being Earnest Character: Gwendolen Fairfax
by Joseph F. Panarello - June 15, 2011
One of the nicest aspects of seeing a play in The Roundabout's beautiful American Airlines Theatre is that it has fine acoustics. Little, if any, amplification is used when drama or comedies are staged at that venue do nothing stands between the actors' voices and the audience's ears. Such is the case with the charming revival of Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST which will be presented there until June 26th.
by Kelsey Denette - June 3, 2011
Final weeks have begun for the limited engagement of Roundabout Theatre Company's critically acclaimed and Tony nominated production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as 'Lady Bracknell.' The final performance of the 28-week run will be Sunday, June 26th at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St.).
by BWW News Desk - June 2, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, was filmed live with multiple high definition cameras during public performances on March 11 and 12, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St.).
by Kelsey Denette - May 3, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to announce additional dates and venues for the upcoming screening of Roundabout's critically acclaimed & Tony Award nominated Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring 2011 Tony nominee Brian Bedford.
by BWW News Desk - April 30, 2011
Brian Bedford, star and director of Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, will be featured on WQXR Radio (105.9 FM) at 11AM on Saturday, April 30th hosted by Elliott Forrest.
by Gabrielle Sierra - April 29, 2011
Brian Bedford, star and director of Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, will be featured on WQXR Radio (105.9 FM) at 11AM on Saturday, April 30th hosted by Elliott Forrest.
by Kelsey Denette - April 15, 2011
Brian Bedford, star and director of Roundabout Theatre Company's The Importance of Being Earnest, and The New York Times' Ben Brantley will be featured on NY1 'The New York Times Closeup' in an interview with Sam Roberts this Saturday, April 16th at 10PM on Channel 1.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 14, 2011
Screenings begin accros the U.S. and internationally on June 2 with other varying dates through June 30. For more information, visit http://www.EarnestHD.com. View the trailer now by clicking below!
by Kelsey Denette - April 11, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to announce dates and venues for the upcoming screening of Roundabout's critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 11, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to announce dates and venues for the upcoming screening of Roundabout's critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford. Click below for a sneak peek of the filmed material!
by Nicole Rosky - April 11, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and BY Experience are thrilled to announce dates and venues for the upcoming screening of Roundabout's critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford.
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that Brian Murray, Jayne Houdyshell and Jessie Austrian will join the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as 'Lady Bracknell,' at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.
by Nicole Rosky - March 16, 2011
Tonight Tuesday, March 15th, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is thrilled to celebrate the 100th performance of the new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as 'Lady Bracknell,' at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St.).
by Nicole Rosky - March 15, 2011
Tonight Tuesday, March 15th, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is thrilled to celebrate the 100th performance of the new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as 'Lady Bracknell,' at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St.).
by Gabrielle Sierra - March 3, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, will be filmed live with multiple high definition cameras during public performances on March 11 and 12, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St.).
by Nicole Rosky - March 1, 2011
Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford, will be filmed live with multiple high definition cameras during public performances on March 11 and 12, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St.).

The Importance of Being Earnest Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of The Importance of Being Earnest have their been?
The Importance of Being Earnest has had 16 productions including Broadway which opened in 1902, Broadway which opened in 1910, Broadway which opened in 1921, Broadway which opened in 1926, Broadway which opened in 1939, Broadway which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1977, Off-Broadway which opened in 1985, Off-Broadway which opened in 1996, Off-Broadway which opened in 2002, Off-Broadway which opened in 2003, Off-Broadway which opened in 2008, Broadway which opened in 2011, West End which opened in 2012, West End which opened in 2015 and West End which opened in 2018.

What Tony Awards has The Importance of Being Earnest been nominated for?
Best Costume Design of a Play for Desmond Heeley, Best Revival of a Play for Roundabout Theatre Company, Best Revival of a Play for Todd HaimesBest Revival of a Play for Harold Wolpert and Best Revival of a Play for Julia C. Levy.

What Tony Awards has The Importance of Being Earnest won?
Best Costume Design of a Play for Desmond Heeley Best Revival of a Play for Roundabout Theatre Company Best Revival of a Play for Todd Haimes Best Revival of a Play for Harold Wolpert Best Revival of a Play for Julia C. Levy.

What other awards has The Importance of Being Earnest been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Desmond Heeley, Outstanding Revival of a Play (Drama Desk Awards), Outstanding Costume Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Desmond HeeleyOutstanding Revival of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Outstanding Set Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Desmond Heeley.

What productions of The Importance of Being Earnest have their been?
The Importance of Being Earnest has had 16 productions including Broadway which opened in 1902, Broadway which opened in 1910, Broadway which opened in 1921, Broadway which opened in 1926, Broadway which opened in 1939, Broadway which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1977, Off-Broadway which opened in 1985, Off-Broadway which opened in 1996, Off-Broadway which opened in 2002, Off-Broadway which opened in 2003, Off-Broadway which opened in 2008, Broadway which opened in 2011, West End which opened in 2012, West End which opened in 2015 and West End which opened in 2018.

What awards has The Importance of Being Earnest been nominated for?
Outstanding Costume Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Desmond Heeley, Outstanding Revival of a Play (Drama Desk Awards), Outstanding Costume Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Desmond HeeleyOutstanding Revival of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) and Outstanding Set Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Desmond Heeley.

What productions of The Importance of Being Earnest have there been?
The Importance of Being Earnest has had 16 productions including Broadway which opened in 1902, Broadway which opened in 1910, Broadway which opened in 1921, Broadway which opened in 1926, Broadway which opened in 1939, Broadway which opened in 1947, Broadway which opened in 1977, Off-Broadway which opened in 1985, Off-Broadway which opened in 1996, Off-Broadway which opened in 2002, Off-Broadway which opened in 2003, Off-Broadway which opened in 2008, Broadway which opened in 2011, West End which opened in 2012, West End which opened in 2015 and West End which opened in 2018.