Jack Worthing is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, Jack is known as Jack.
George Canninge The Marquess of Queensberrythe father of Wilde's lover Lord Alfred Douglas who was on holiday in Algiers at the timehad planned to disrupt the play by throwing a bouquet of rotten vegetables at the playwright when he took his bow at the end of the show.
Wilde and Alexander learned of the plan, and the latter cancelled Queensberry's ticket and arranged for policemen to bar his entrance.
Nevertheless, he continued harassing Wilde, who eventually launched a private prosecution against the peer for criminal libeltriggering a series of trials ending in Wilde's imprisonment for gross indecency. Alexander tried, unsuccessfully, to save the production by removing Wilde's name from the billing, [n 2] but the play had to close after only 86 performances.
William ArcherA. Wells and George Bernard Shaw In contrast to much theatre of the time, The Importance of Being Earnest light plot does not tackle serious social and political issues, something of which contemporary reviewers were wary. Though unsure of Wilde's seriousness as a dramatist, they recognised the play's cleverness, humour and popularity with audiences.
Walkley admired the play and was one of few to see it as the culmination of Wilde's dramatic career. He denied the term "farce" was derogatory, or even lacking in seriousness, and said "It is of nonsense all compact, and better nonsense, I think, our stage has not seen.
Wellsin an unsigned review for The Pall Mall Gazettecalled Earnest one of the freshest comedies of the year, saying "More humorous dealing with theatrical conventions it would be difficult to imagine. Tapping's company toured Earnest between October and March their performance at the Theatre Royal, Limerick, in the last week of October was almost certainly the first production of the play in Ireland.
Elsie Lanham's company also toured 'Earnest' between November and April Alexander presented another revival of Earnest at the St James's inwhen he and Aynesworth reprised their original roles;  the revival ran for performances.
ACT HI THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 77 Aunt Augusta. LADY BRACKNELL. I beg your pardon? CECILY. Mr. Moncrieff and I are engaged to be married, Lady Bracknell. ACT in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 81 London on an important question of romance, he obtained admission to my house by means of the false. Gwendolen Fairfax - Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest. A model and arbiter of high fashion and society, Gwendolen speaks with unassailable authority on matters of taste and morality. ACT HI THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 77 Aunt Augusta. LADY BRACKNELL. I beg your pardon? CECILY. Mr. Moncrieff and I are engaged to be married, Lady Bracknell. ACT in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 81 London on an important question of romance, he obtained admission to my house by .
Matthews succeeded the creators as Jack and Algy. It was not until the s that the case for s costumes was established; as a critic in The Manchester Guardian put it, "Thirty years on, one begins to feel that Wilde should be done in the costume of his period—that his wit today needs the backing of the atmosphere that gave it life and truth.
The Times considered the production the best since the original, and praised it for its fidelity to Wilde's conception, its "airy, responsive ball-playing quality. During a season at the Haymarket the King and Queen attended a performance,  which, as the journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft put it, gave the play "a final accolade of respectability.
The play is set in "The Present" i. Ernest has come from the country to propose to Algernon's cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax.
Algernon refuses to consent until Ernest explains why his cigarette case bears the inscription, "From little Cecily, with her fondest love to her dear Uncle Jack. In the country, he assumes a serious attitude for the benefit of his young wardthe heiress Cecily Cardew, and goes by the name of John or Jackwhile pretending that he must worry about a wastrel younger brother named Ernest in London.
In the city, meanwhile, he assumes the identity of the libertine Ernest.Lady Bracknell is Algernon Moncrieff's aunt and the mother of Gwendolyn, Jack Worthing's love interest. Also, at the end of the play, we find out that Jack and Algernon are actually brothers who.
Lady Bracknell may be one of Wilde’s, and indeed modern literature’s, most preposterous creations. Her ignorant and often absurd comments are a satire of Victorian aristocracy, making her the most quotable of the play’s characters. Lady Bracknell is the mother of Gwendolen and the aunt of Algernon in ''The Importance of Being Earnest.'' She married into her wealth and social standing in London and thinks that being part of.
Lady Bracknell is first and foremost a symbol of Victorian earnestness and the unhappiness it brings as a result. She is powerful, arrogant, ruthless to the extreme, conservative, and proper. In many ways, she represents Wilde's opinion of Victorian upper-class negativity, conservative and repressive values, and power.
In The Importance of Being Earnest (), Dame Edith Evans reprised her celebrated interpretation of Lady Bracknell; The Importance of Being Earnest () by Kurt Baker used an all-black cast; and Oliver Parker's The Importance of Being Earnest () incorporated some of Wilde's original material cut during the preparation of the original .
Lady Bracknell is Wilde’s symbol of the dominant Victorian ethic. As such, she is the most overbearing and powerful character in the play. There is no question, from any character, that the buck stops with her.