The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Cate Naylor
The Importance of Being Earnest is the most famous of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It is a story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape from their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men named Ernest. In an attempt to keep up with their stories, they become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.
Read Throughs
Tuesday 22 November 2016- 7.45pm
Thursday 24 November 2016 - 7.45pm
Auditions
Sunday 27 November 2016 - 6.00-8.30pm
Tuesday 29 November 2016 - 7.30- 9.30pm
Show dates: Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 March 2017


 

Characters

Mr Jack Worthington (Ernest) – Male

Age of character is 29 can be played by someone younger

194 Lines

A young, eligible bachelor about town.

 

Mr Algernon Moncrieff – Male

Age of character is mid 20’s

180 Lines

A charming, idle and decorative bachelor who is bored by conventions and looking for excitement.

 

Lady Bracknell – Female or male

Age of character is 50-60, can be played by someone younger, but needs to be played at character age

83 Lines

Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother.

 

Miss Gwendolen Fairfax – Female

Age of character is mid 20’s

99 Lines

Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest

 

Miss Cecily Cardew – Female

Age 18,

146 Lines

Jack’s ward, the granddaughter of the old gentlemen who found and adopted Jack when he was a baby.

 

Miss Prism (Miss Cardew’s Governess) – Female

Age of character is 50-60 can be played by someone younger, but needs to be played at character age

40 Lines

Cecily's governess and a symbol of Victorian moral righteousness.

 

Dr Chasuble (Rector) – Male

Age of character 50-60, can be played by someone younger, but needs to be played at character age

39 Lines

Like Miss Prism, he is the source of Victorian moral judgments, but under the surface he appears to be an old lecher.

 

Lane (Manservant to Mr Moncrieff) – male

Any age, but has to be old enough to have been married

21 Lines

Manservant to Algernon.

 

Merriman (Butler to Mr Worthington)– male

Any age, 17 Lines

Merriman is Jack’s butler.

 

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