The Importance of Being Earnest

Comedy - Original

Vanderbilt Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: January 12, 1939
  • Closing Date: February 26, 1939
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 61

Playwright: Oscar Wilde


Two wealthy London bachelors each pretend to be a fictitious man called Earnest in order to win over two eligible young ladies, despite the ladies' avowed preference for that name alone — and the interference of the intimidatingly proper Lady Bracknell — in Oscar Wilde's "trivial comedy for serious people."


Opening Night Cast

Clifton Webb John Worthing, J.P.
Hope Williams Miss Prism
Estelle Winwood in The Importance of Being Earnest Estelle Winwood Lady Bracknell
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Opening Night Production Credits

Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde Writer
Estelle Winwood Estelle Winwood Staging
  Watson Barratt Scenic Design
  Pierce Power-Waters General Manager
  Phyllis Perlman Press Representative
  Richard Aldrich Producer
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