2014: The Importance of Being Earnest


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Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy The Importance of Being Earnest is about the necessity of being called Ernest, but not actually being Earnest:

Screenshot_Poster_ImportanceJack and Algernon are typical dandies; they enjoy their independence and do not care one bit about the serious side of life. But when Jack gets engaged to Algernon’s cousin Gwendolyn, things get complicated. Gwendolyn has only fallen in love and agreed to marry Jack because she thinks he is name is Ernest, a name she adores. You see, a long time ago Jack had invented the figure of Ernest, his no-good brother, so that he would have an excuse to come up to town from the country.

Once in the city, he becomes Ernest himself – and that is the version of him that Gwendolyn meets. Now in a hurry to end this secret double-life, Jack rushes to the country. Imagine his surprise when he realizes his ward Cecily, too, is engaged to a man by the name of Ernest, a man whom she believes to be his brother – in truth it is his friend Algernon. When Gwendolyn shows up to visit her fiancée Ernest, the drama (or rather comedy in this case) really begins.

The bpm updated the play and set it in the first half of the 20th century. Check out our trailer here. MEET THE CAST VIDEOS: Director Adriana and Stage Designer Mansi talk about the play here.

Oscar Wilde

John “Jack” Worthing  –  Michael Morari
Algernon Moncrieff – Gagan Narula
Gwendolyn Fairfax – Courtney Binkert
Cecily Cardew – Julia Utiger
Lady Bracknell – Melanie Böhmer
Miss Prism – Johanna Knessl
Dr. Canon Chasuble – Parijat Ghoshal
Merriman/Lane  – Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw


Director – Adriana Rüegger
Stage Director – Mansi Tiwari
Assistant Director – Johanna Knessl
Assistant Director – Fabia Morger
Makeup and Costume Department – Eveline Birrer
Pianist – Melanie Böhmer
Light Technician – Jasper Mehler

Production Manager/Financial Director – Courtney Binkert
Communications – Olivia Tjon-A-Meeuw
Graphic Designer – Angi Binkert
Allrounder – Silja Anders
Technician/Filmographer – Raphael Knecht
Executive Producer – Lisann Anders

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