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A Woman of No Importance takes place in a 24-hour period during a house party hosted by Lady Hunstanton at her country estate. The upper echelons of English society mix, mingle and flirt, including Lady Caroline Pontefract (who is on her fourth husband), the witty and ironic Mrs. Allonby and the dandyish Lord Illingworth. Wilde balances these worldly characters with a visiting young American woman, Hester Worsley, who becomes attracted to the earnest Gerald Arbuthnot, soon to become Lord Illingworth's secretary. When Gerald's mother pays a visit, however, the secret of his scandalous parentage will be revealed, and more than one future placed in jeopardy.

Cast

Lord Alfred: Alan Weyman
Lady Hunstanton: PJ Morgan
Lord Illingworth: Ben Lindsey-Clark
Farquhar: Chris Marcellus
Gerald Arbuthnot: David Prickett
Archdeacon: Denis Daly
Mrs. Arbuthnot: Elizabeth Klett
Mrs. Allonby: Erin Louttit
Francis: Jeff Moon
Lady Caroline Pontefract: Linda Barrans
Sir John Pontefract: Noel Badrian
Mr. Kelvil: Peter Tucker
Alice: Leanne Yau
Hester Worsley: Susan Iannucci
Lady Stutfield: Tiffany Halla Colonna

Stage directions read by Amanda Friday Audio, edited by Elizabeth Klett.

Public Domain (P)2017 The Online Stage

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Perfect performance of a very interesting play.

A fully enjoyable experience in every way. The actors were marvelous especially Elizabeth Klett as Mrs. Arbuthnot although all the other characters spoke/acted their parts well. Oscar Wilde's satirical views on life were amusing and came to the forefront as the story unfolded. The scenes for the acts were vividly described so that the listener could see as if present in a theater. The play's ending was superb. You will thoroughly enjoy it!

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