Manage episode 294384423 series 1075870
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.
Algernon Moncrief is playing the piano in the drawing room of his flat in Half Moon Street, Mayfair awaiting the arrival of his formidable aunt Lady Bracknell accompanied by his cousin Gwendolen, and in walks his best friend Jack Worthing.