Without Apologies

by  Thom Thomas

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

"Razor sharp wit...Sublime entertainment." - The Portland Downtowner
"Wonderfully inventive and true to its source." - The Rutland Daily Herald

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Without Apologies

by  Thom Thomas

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Farce, Adaptations (Literature)
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Senior

Additional Info

A sequel to The Importance of Being Earnest. Chronicles the adventures of the two famous couples from Oscar Wilde's famous comedy.  It is now 1933 when England and they, have fallen on hard times. A penniless Cecily and Ernest arrive unexpectedly on the doorstep of Gwen and Algernon's humble London abode.  Panic ensues as this wild comedy of intertwining plots races to its farcical conclusion.

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"Razor sharp wit...Sublime entertainment." - The Portland Downtowner

"Wonderfully inventive and true to its source." - The Rutland Daily Herald

"Rib tickling delight." -The Greenwich Journal

"A charming, stylish comedy." -WNEW Radio

"Stands on its own merry feet and need make no apologies to Oscar Wilde... Inventive and hilarious." - Hollywood Reporter

"Builds up to a crescendo of anti-climax that is one of the funniest bits in town." - New York Post

"A natural for regional theatre and summer stock. A delightful comedy drama. Will please audiences who never heard of Wilde. Hilarious!" - Variety

"A wonderful idea. An honest-to-God drawing room comedy that works!" - Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A Front Parlour of a modest home on Camden Road, London, England, 1933 to 1940.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 3f
ALGY - her husband
ERNIE - her husband
BRENDA - their daughter
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

2 men in their late 50s. 2 women in their mid 50s. 1 young man in his early 20s. 1 young woman in her early 20s.




Thom Thomas

Thom Thomas

Without Apologies was first presented at The Pittsburgh Playhouse at the Craft Avenue Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 1983. It was directed by Alan R. Belknap. The play was subsequently presented at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York City on February 12, 1989. It was directed by Edgar Lansbury.

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