|The Importance of Being Earnest|
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) , now considered Wilde's masterpiece, was first performed on 14 1895, at St James's Theatre in London, Wilde's second collaboration with George Alexander, the actor-manager. During rehearsal Alexander requested that Wilde shorten the play from four acts to three, which the author did. The Importance of Being Earnest remains his most popular play.
On Murdoch Mysteries, it is also very popular with the Art Direction team and/or the writers . . .
- William and Julia walk by the Shaftesbury Theatre and its poster on display at the end of Love and Human Remains in Season 3.
- William and Julia have attended a performance of the play at the start of The Tesla Effect.
- In Season 4, when the carriage carrying Dr. Ogden and Ana passes by the Shaftesbury Theatre, the poster of The Importance of Being Earnest is still on display. Julia has offered Ana the protection of staying at her own home in The Black Hand.
- In Season 6, after interviewing "Sherlock Holmes" in A Study in Sherlock, Dr. Ogden gives her assessment as Murdoch and she walk pass a poster advertising the 'Exclusive Canadian Engagement' of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
- The same establishing shot for the carriage ride used in Season 4 is used in Season 6 for The Ghost of Queen's Park when Julia and Darcy have their last evening at a society function.