The Importance of Being Earnest (2011 film)

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The Importance of Being Earnest
Directed by Brian Bedford
David Stern
Produced by Todd Haimes
Susan Loewenberg
Harold Wolpert
Written by Oscar Wilde
Screenplay by David Stern
Based on The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Starring Brian Bedford
Dana Ivey
Paxton Whitehead
David Furr
Santino Fontana
Sara Topham
Charlotte Parry
Tim MacDonald
Paul O'Brien
Music by Berthold Carrière
Distributed by BY Experience
Release date
  • June 2, 2011 (2011-06-02)
Country United States
Language English

The Importance of Being Earnest is a filmed version of the 2011 Broadway revival production of Oscar Wilde's play of the same name. The film is directed by and stars Brian Bedford.


The 2011 Broadway revival of Earnest opened on January 13, 2011, at the Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre, following previews from December 17, 2010.[1] After positive reviews[2] and several extensions, the production is set to close on July 3, 2011, bumping Roundabout's other project, People in the Picture, to Studio 54.[3]

On March 1, 2011, it was reported that the production would be filmed live on March 11 and 12, 2011, to be shown in cinemas in June 2011.[4] Official dates were announced on April 11, 2011: the first theaters to run The Importance of Being Earnest: Live in HD would do so on June 2, 2011.[5]



  1. ^ "The Importance of Being Ernest",, accessed 22 April 2011.
  2. ^ Isherwood, Charles (January 13, 2011). "A Stylish Monster Conquers at a Glance". New York Times. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Jones, Kenneth (January 26, 2011). "A Wilde Hit! Broadway's Earnest Gets 17-Week Extension, Bumping People Musical to Studio 54". Playbill. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Zooming-In On a Handbag: Broadway's Importance of Being Earnest Will Be Filmed for Cinema". Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dates Announced for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST in Theaters". April 11, 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 

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