Allan Aynesworth

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Allan Aynesworth
The Importance of Being Earnest - Cigarettecase.jpg
Aynesworth (left) in the original production of The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) with George Alexander (right)
Born Edward Abbot-Anderson
(1864-04-14)14 April 1864
Sandhurst, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Died 22 August 1959(1959-08-22) (aged 95)
Surrey, United Kingdom
"Tony", caricature by Spy in Vanity Fair, 1908.

Allan (also Alan) Aynesworth (14 April 1864, Sandhurst, Berkshire – 22 August 1959, Camberley, Surrey) is the stage name of a British actor whose career spanned almost six decades, including a lead part in the 1895 world premiere of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and his final role as the elderly Lord Lancaster in the movie The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949).[1][2] His birth name was Edward Abbot-Anderson.


He has been variously billed as "Alan Aynesworth," "Allan Aynesworth" and "Allan Aynsworth."[3][4] He performed the role of Algernon Moncrieff in the premiere production of The Importance of Being Earnest, later telling Oscar Wilde's biographer Hesketh Pearson that "In my fifty-three years of acting, I never remember a greater triumph than [that] first night."[5]

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John Gielgud, when asked who inspired him as a young actor, named Aynesworth as one of his inspirations.


  1. ^, Victoria and Albert Museum, Online Museum, Web Team,. "The First Stage Production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest', 1895". 
  2. ^ "Allan Aynesworth". 
  3. ^ a b London Week By Week (23 February 1912) The Advertiser (Adelaide), 30 March 1912, p. 7, at Trove
  4. ^ a b Music and Drama The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November 1917, p. 8, at Trove
  5. ^ Pearson, Hesketh. The Life of Oscar Wilde. Methuen, London 1946. p. 257

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