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Half in Earnest

Vivian Ellis

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A musical  by Vivian Ellis based on the novel 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and other works by Oscar Wilde.

Published by Warner/Chappell. Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd


Late Victorian England

John Worthing, who calls himself Jack in the country but Earnest in town, wants to marry Gwendolen Fairfax, daughter of the formidable Lady Bracknell. Worthing’s background is so obscure that Lady Bracknell strongly objects to the marriage. His friend in London, Algernon Moncrierff, discovers the whereabouts of Worthing’s country estate on which lives his pretty young ward, Cecily Cardew. She is under the tutelage of the governess, Miss Prism. The important question is whether Worthing is, or not, called Earnest, because Gwendolen would never marry anyone whose name was not Earnest. Eventually comes the revelation that Worthing is actually the son of Lady Bracknell’s sister.  He was left in the handbag through the absentmindedness of the governess.  His name is Earnest John Moncrieff and he is therefore the brother of his friend Algernon.  Marriages are planned between Cecily and Algernon and Miss Prism and Dr Chasuable. Gwendolen feels able to marry Worthing because his name really is Earnest and he knows for the first time in his life the vital importance of being Earnest.  


1 piano I
1 piano II


A Piano accompaniment is available at a hire fee of £55.00, per month as are vocal scores at £3.50 per copy, per month and libretti at £2.50 per copy, per month. 

To view a perusal copy of the vocal score, click here.


Application pack includes application form, song and character lists, terms and conditions and full costing details. Download your application pack below:




Cast Size: Small (2-15)

Genre(s): Musical Theatre, Romantic