The Importance of Being Earnest

There have been multiple “made-for-television” versions of this world-wide admired play. The more noticed and recognizable adaptations are for the visual English-language cinema; which is at least three times. The first one was in 1952 by Anthony Asquith who adapted the screenplay and directed it. In 1992 Kurt Baker directed a version using an all black cast, set in the United States of America. An English director who had previously adapted other plays by Wilde, Oliver Parker, made a production in 2002 staring big name actors including Colin Firth (Jack), Rupert Everett (Algy), Reese Witherspoon (Cecily), and Frances O’Connor (Gwendolen).  Parker adds additional aspects of the movie that were in Wilde’s original play but left out by a previous producer. An Indian version of The Importance of Being Earnest in Telugu by the name “Ashta Chamma” was released in 2008 and was a critical and commercial success.

There have been multiple “made-for-television” versions of this world-wide admired play. The more noticed and recognizable adaptations are for the visual English-language cinema; which is at least three times. The first one was in 1952 by Anthony Asquith who adapted the screenplay and directed it. In 1992 Kurt Baker directed a version using an all black cast, set in the United States of America. An English director who had previously adapted other plays by Wilde, Oliver Parker, made a production in 2002 staring big name actors including Colin Firth (Jack), Rupert Everett (Algy), Reese Witherspoon (Cecily), and Frances O’Connor (Gwendolen). Parker adds additional aspects of the movie that were in Wilde’s original play but left out by a previous producer. An Indian version of The Importance of Being Earnest in Telugu by the name “Ashta Chamma” was released in 2008 and was a critical and commercial success.