The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde


But what if your name is not Earnest? Will she still love you? And, this being Britain at the end of the 19th century, will her aristocratic mother even consider you as a suitable son-in-law? These are the problems that Jack Worthing has to solve before achieving happiness with the girl of his dreams.

First produced in 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of manners that satirises the British aristocracy. The wit and brilliance of the dialogues has made the play famous throughout the world, and the absurdity of the situations have kept audiences entertained over more than a hundred years.