The Importance of Being Earnest

Tickets On Sale Now & Full Cast Announced for …BEING EARNEST.

Posted on: October 21st, 2010 by Roundabout


The Importance of Being EarnestRoundabout is pleased to announce the full company 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.). The cast will also feature Dana Ivey as “Miss Prism,” Paxton Whitehead as “Reverend Chausible,” Santino Fontana as “Algernon Moncrieff,” David Furr as “Jack Worthing,” Tim MacDonald as “Merriman,” Paul O’Brien as “Lane,” Charlotte Parry as “Cecily Cardew,” and Sara Topham as “Gwendolyn.”

The Importance of Being Earnest will begin previews on Friday, December 17th, 2010 and open officially on Thursday, January 13th, 2011. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, March 6th, 2011.

Tickets are on sale NOW!

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Q&A with Todd Haimes: The Importance of Being Earnest

Posted on: February 12th, 2010 by Roundabout Press Office


A conversation with Artistic Director Todd Haimes about Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Q. Why did you select The Importance of Being Earnest for Roundabout audiences?
A. Producing first-class revivals of classic plays is a huge component of Roundabout’s mission – and in fact was the institution’s founding principle. Unintentionally, we’ve never touched on the work of Oscar Wilde before, but I believe that his plays are as essential a part of the canon as those of Shaw or Ibsen or others who we’ve presented on a more consistent basis. Of course, I don’t think anyone wants to see a classic revived just because it’s the kind of play that should be seen again – there has to be a vision behind the production, a reason to reexamine the play. When I saw Brian Bedford’s Earnest at Stratford, I immediately knew that this was the kind of production that can absolutely revitalize a classic play. It truly makes an argument for why this is a play that continues to be such a delight to audiences.
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