A Woman of No Importance

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(4.3 stars; 195 reviews)

A Woman of No Importance is a play by Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. The play premièred on 19 April 1893 at London's Haymarket Theatre. It is a testimony of Wilde's wit and his brand of dark comedy. It looks in particular at English upper class society and has been reproduced on stages in Europe and North America since his death in 1900. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Lord Illingworth: Peter Bishop
Sir John Pontefract: Ernst Pattynama
Lord Alfred Rufford: Bob Gonzalez
Mr. Kelvil, M.P.: Nigel Boydell
The Ven. Archdeacon Daubeny, D.D. : Martin Geeson
Gerald Arbuthnot: mb
Farquhar, Butler: Delmar H Dolbier
Francis, Footman: Barry Eads
Lady Hunstanton: Susanna
Lady Caroline Pontefract: Rashada
Lady Stutfield: Beth Thomas
Mrs. Allonby: Elizabeth Klett
Miss Hester Worsley: TriciaG
Alice, Maid: Bev J. Stevens
Mrs. Arbuthnot: Arielle Lipshaw
Narrator: David Lawrence

Audio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw
(2 hr 3 min)


Act 1 29:32 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 37:11 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 28:04 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 28:51 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


(2 stars)

Hester and the Narrator were both stiff and unnatural readers which spoiled what is a very good play. The other readers were excellent.

Ah! Wilde's take on the double standard.

(5 stars)

It's amazing how society thinks it changes but it really just disguises it with new words. A very enjoyable listen.

(5 stars)

it's good, the story is great, the characters are interesting... but the woman who read the american girl was terrible.

(3 stars)

Now I understand the previous reviews. I think the play is probably a very good one, and acted on a stage would make an enjoyable evening but it really does not work as a radio play. Well done for trying anyway.

Very cute.

(4 stars)

It is a play with multple readers, dramatically read. While it was obvious that it was recordeed in multiple locations and spliced together, I did not find it distracting after the first act.

(4.5 stars)

The reader for 'Gerald' also read the part of Laurie in Little Women. He needs to swallow his spit when read g. Otherwise a great book

loved it

(5 stars)

A touching message of love, which in its purest form forgives all, trusts all, hopes everlasting, gives abundant faith, has no prejudices

(4 stars)

the Hester reader almost ruined the whole play. . she s the worst reader I've ever heard...I was grateful everytime they said "exit hester"...yay!!!!!