Audition Notice: The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Tony Hogan

Auditions: 18-19 November 2017 (with callbacks evening of Tuesday 21 November)
Production Dates: 28 February – 10 March 2018

Location: auditions will be held at Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee Street, Wellington

To book an audition time or for more information please email

About The Play

Are you trivial enough to audition for this masterpiece?

Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest as a mockery of the late Victorian ideal of being earnest in everything, and created unforgettable characters whose concept of what is serious is delivered in a way that is achingly funny.

This production will be set in wild Jazz Age period of the mid 1920s. How is your best Downton Abbey accent? We are looking for actors who love Wilde’s writing and relish the challenge of creating a fun, fast-paced, but always straight-faced entertainment.

Character Descriptions

(Note: all ages are given as a rough guide only. Feel free to audition no matter how ‘experienced’ or ‘mature’ you may feel. Script ages can be easily changed!)

  • Algernon Moncrieff – male, mid 20s–ish. Elegant, sophisticated man about town. Aristocratic, living the rich, idle life on nothing but debts. Algy is very sure of his opinions and how the world around him should operate, until he falls instantly in love.
  • John (Jack) Worthing – male late 20s-ish (referred to as 29 in the script): Rich, elegant man of property and responsibility. He has been leading a double life in order to uphold the fiction of expected moral rectitude. Friend to Algy in town but would be mortified to have him turn up at home in the country. Desperately in love with Lady Bracknell’s daughter, Gwendolen Fairfax.
  • Gwendolen Fairfax – female 20s-ish. Very smart, very clever. Sure of herself and her position in the world. Gwendolen is able to play her formidable mother (to an extent) and all the men in her life. Prepared to fall in love, on her own terms.
  • Cecily Cardew – female, same age as Gwen or slightly younger (referred to as 18 in the script). Sweet, unspoiled country girl and also terribly rich. Can twist her governess around her little finger. Cecily becomes an indignant opponent to Gwendolen at one point. She is in control of her love affair.
  • Lady Bracknell (Aunt Augusta) – old enough to be Gwendolen’s mother! Happy to see women and men audition for this role, but definitely not a pantomime dame or drag act. There have been very successful examples of male actors playing Lady B. Absolutely in charge of absolutely everything. Frightening and majestic. She is used to being the centre of attention, and obeyed – now it is becoming her daughter’s turn. Fixed opinions which will never shift – she is the moral voice of Society.
  • Miss Prism – female, old enough to have been Jack’s nurse once. Now Cecily’s governess. An erudite, blue-stocking, but quivers with a secret passion. Able to take centre stage and tell a story.
  • Reverend Chasuble – male, similar age to Prism. Country rector, comfortable and possible lazy. However he burns with a matching passion for Miss Prism.
  • Lane/Merriman – dual role, male or female. The perfect servant to Algy in London, and the manor house butler in the country. A chance to develop two different characters and have fun with them. Who are the real snobs in society?