The Importance of Being Earnest was well received by critics and the public alike when it was first performed in 1895 in London. However, the play ended up being Wilde's last. The Marquess of Queensberry had planned to present a bouquet of rotten vegetables at the premiere, but Wilde got wind of the plan and refused to allow Queensberry to see the show. The Marquess retaliated by suing Wilde for libel and eventually Wilde was imprisoned. He published the play from his jail cell, but because of the criminal trials The Importance of Being Earnest was closed after only 86 performances.
Today, The Importance of Being Earnest is performed frequently, and there have been several successful revivals, both on Broadway and elsewhere. The latest reincarnation of the famous play opened at the American Airlines Theatre in New York on January 13, 2011, and ran through July 3. The production was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, and it won the award for Best Costume Design of a Play. Find The Importance of Being Earnest tickets today!
The Importance of Being Earnest revolves around John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who are attempting to court Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. In order to pursue their loves, the men invent characters to create alibis and cover their tracks, but mistaken identities and other misunderstandings prove to be problematic and hilarious. See if everything gets sorted out with The Importance of Being Earnest tickets.