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Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:30

Roundabout's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Starring Brian Bedford Opens Tonight




Brian Bedford

Directing & Starring in a New Broadway production of


By Oscar Wilde

at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway


Opening night is tonight for Roundabout Theatre Company’s new Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by and starring Brian Bedford as “Lady Bracknell,” at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd St.).

The cast also features Dana Ivey as “Miss Prism,” Paxton Whitehead as “Rev. Canon Chasuble,” Santino Fontana as “Algernon Moncrieff,” David Furr as “John Worthing,” Tim MacDonald as “Merriman,” Paul O’Brien as “Lane,” Charlotte Parry as “Cecily Cardew,” and Sara Topham as “Gwendolen Fairfax.”

The Importance of Being Earnest began previews on Friday, December 17th and opens officially on Thursday, January 13th, 2011. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, March 6th, 2011.

The design team includes Desmond Heeley (Sets & Costumes), Duane Schuler (Lights) and Drew Levy (Sound).

The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette.  Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew.   Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities – not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen’s mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Wilde’s classic production premiered in 1895 at the St. James Theatre in London offering a stinging critique of love, sex and social hypocrisy that remains relevant today.


Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). 

To become a Roundabout subscriber visit or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.  Ticket prices range from $67.00-117.00.


The Importance of Being Earnestplays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

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