From May 1-31, TheaterMania will stream the 2011 Broadway production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford.
Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony-nominated revival, filmed live at the American Airlines Theatre, features Bedford as Lady Bracknell, alongside Santino Fontana as Algernon Moncrieff, David Furr as John Worthing, Sara Topham as Gwendolen Fairfax, Charlotte Parry as Cecily Cardew, Dana Ivey as Miss Prism, Paxton Whitehead as Rev. Canon Chasuble, Paul O'Brien as Lane, and Tim MacDonald as Merriman. The production originated at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Bedford's production features a set and Tony-winning costumes by Desmond Heeley, lighting by Duane Schuler, sound by Drew Levy, hair and wigs by Paul Huntley, makeup by Angelina Avallone, and music by Berthold Carrière.
Previously shown only in cinemas, this is the first time that the production is being made available for home viewers. It is presented by L.A. Theatre Works and hosted by David Hyde Pierce, with Alfred Molina interviewing Wilde scholar Michael Hackett at intermission.