Born in Dublin in 1854, Oscar Wilde was educated at home till the age of nine. He attended the Portora Royal School, Enniskillen from 1864 to 1871. in 1874, he graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. Wilde’s first play, Vera: Or the Nihilists, did not meet much success. He refined his ideas about art, its purpose, and supremacy and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). Continuing his interest in theatre he wrote Salome, a play in one act, in 1891. Wilde became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian London after producing four comedies—Lady Windermere’s Fan, a Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and the Importance of Being Earnest. First performed in 1895 in collaboration with George Alexander at St. James’s Theater, London, the Importance of Being Earnest was considered Wilde’s masterpiece and continues to remain his most popular play. the Ballad of Reading Gaol, published in 1898, was his last work. Wilde died in 1900 at the age of 46, in Paris.
What happens when two women fall in love with ‘Ernest’ and Ernest doesn’t exist? the Importance of Being Earnest! Secret identities, alter-egos, invented romances, and someone named Ernest. While Jack Worthing leads a double life—representing himself as Ernest—little does he know what he is setting himself for? Things get interesting or worse, when his friend, Algernon Moncrieff, also impersonates Ernest, all in the pursuit of winning his lady love! What ensues is a satire that will tickle you, scintillate you, and leave you in awe, admiring Wilde’s deftness and capacity to produce powerful social comedies. A play that has thrilled readers for over a century, the Importance of Being Earnest, is a brilliant experiment in Victorian melodrama, replete with its farcical conventions and pinching satire. Subtitled a Trivial Comedy for Serious People, this amusing, eccentric farce brings for you as one of its paradoxes the impossibility of being either earnest or moral while claiming to be so.