A trivial review for serious people,
This review is from: The Importance of Being Earnest (Classic Radio Theatre) (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Speaking of mistaken identities, as The Importance Of Being Earnest very much does, I could put neither face nor cherished TV character to Prunella Scales' name upon initial inspection of the cast list for this 1977 BBC production. Then I put two faces to it. One was Margo from The Good Life and the other was Sybil Fawlty. Now I'm sure all of you know that it's the latter, but Google also tells me that Penelope Keith of Margo from The Good Life fame has also toured The Importance Of Being Earnest, so in many ways I feel doubly vindicated.
The important thing to take from all this is, I like Basil Fawlty's wife, I'm sure you like Basil Fawlty's wife, and you'll be dazed with happiness over Prunella Scales' presence here. In 2010 the rest of the cast may be even trickier for me to put a face to but there are solid performances to be found across the board - not to mention the performance of this 33-year-old radio recording itself, preserved to absolute perfection. If you've never seen the play on stage - or a film, TV or radio adaptation of it - before, this Classic Radio Theatre variation communicates Wilde's timeless wit flawlessly.
And now on to the question of why one might desire to add this 140 minute double-CD audiobook to their collection. It's unwaveringly faithful to the original four-act play, which either makes it a handy study aid, an enjoyable way to while away the hours on a Sunday or of not much use to someone who knows the play inside out. I fit in with the Sunday afternoon listeners, but whoever you are, you should join with my gratitude to the BBC for making these archival recordings available.