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Tony Award winner Brian Bedford stars as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's comedic masterpiece about class and name-dropping.

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Tony-Nominated The Importance of Being Earnest to Exit Broadway One Week Early

 Tony-Nominated The Importance of Being Earnest to Exit Broadway One Week Early

The Tony-nominated revival of Oscar Wilde’s effervescent comedy The Importance of Being Earnest will close one week earlier than planned. The Roundabout Theatre Company production was scheduled to play its final performance on July 3, but will now bow out on June 26 at the American Airlines Theatre.

In Earnest, former Tony winner and current nominee Brian Bedford does ...

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The Lady of Earnest: Brian Bedford on Why His Tony-Nominated Drag Role is Like 'Acting Under a Moroccan Rug'

The Lady of Earnest: Brian Bedford on Why His Tony-Nominated Drag Role is Like 'Acting Under a Moroccan Rug'

You’d be hard-pressed to find an actor more steeped in the classical tradition than Brian Bedford. The 76-year-old trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts with the likes of Peter O’Toole and Albert Finney, shared a stage with John Gielgud, and made a made a home at the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, where he ...

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Brian Bedford Raises a Teacup to His Earnest Tony Nod

Brian Bedford Raises a Teacup to His Earnest Tony Nod

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2011 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Brian Bedford
Nominated for Best Actor in a Play, The Importance of Being Earnest


“It ...

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Sneak a Peek at The Importance of Being Earnest, Filmed Live in HD

Sneak a Peek at The Importance of Being Earnest, Filmed Live in HD

The elegance and eloquence of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest are coming to the big screen, and we’ve got a preview! As previously reported, the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the classic play was filmed live on March 11 and 12, and as an added bonus for moviegoers, Broadway favorite David Hyde Pierce will take viewers ...

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Broadway’s The Importance of Being Earnest to be Filmed for the Big Screen

Broadway’s The Importance of Being Earnest to be Filmed for the Big Screen

The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest will be filmed live on March 11 and 12 for cinema screenings worldwide in June. The comedy of manners, now running at the American Airlines Theatre, will air in movie theaters and performing arts centers across the U.S. and internationally on June 2, and ...

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Jayne Houdyshell and Brian Murray Join Broadway’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Jayne Houdyshell and Brian Murray Join Broadway’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Brian Murray, Jayne Houdyshell and Jessie Austrian will join the Broadway revival of the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest on March 22, taking on the roles of Reverend Chasuble, Miss Prism and Gwendolen Fairfax, respectively. They will be taking over for Paxton Whitehead, Dana Ivey and Sara Topham, who will play their final performances on March 20 ...

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Earnest Ingenue Sara Topham on the Generosity of Gavin Creel and Getting to Know All About Julie Andrews

Earnest Ingenue Sara Topham on the Generosity of Gavin Creel and Getting to Know All About Julie Andrews

Age and hometown: 34, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Current role: Flouncing into her Broadway debut as the fickle Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Kindness of Strangers: After Sara Topham graduated from the University of Victoria, the former Drama and English major moved to Toronto knowing absolutely no one. “It was really an ‘ignorance is bliss’ kind of ...

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Earnest Extends at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre; People in the Picture Heads to Studio 54

Earnest Extends at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre; People in the Picture Heads to Studio 54

The Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest is extending its run at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre by 17 weeks. The Roundabout Theatre Company production, which opened on January 13, 2011, was originally scheduled to shutter on March 6. 

The extension means some shuffling for the Roundabout, which had planned to begin previews of the new musical The ...

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Squigs Welcomes an Irreverent Earnest to Broadway

Squigs Welcomes an Irreverent  Earnest to Broadway

The upper crust residents of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest are used to the finer things in life, and in this exclusive portrait, Broadway.com’s resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson gives them the royal treatment they so richly deserve. Director Brian Bedford calls the shots as Earnest’s colorful, cucumber sandwich-eating matriarch Lady Bracknell, while rakish ...

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Chatting With Earnest’s Sophisticated Stars on Opening Night

Chatting With Earnest’s Sophisticated Stars on Opening Night

The swellegant stars of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest came out in style on January 13, when the Oscar Wilde classic bowed at the American Airlines Theatre. After the curtain fell on the posh production, Broadway.com chatted with Brian Bedford, who serves as both the show’s director and Earnest’s imperious Lady Bracknell ...

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