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Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy An Ideal Husband returns to the West End for a strictly limited number of performances at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. Following the story of an upcoming politician whose plans are scuppered by some sinful revelations, the play comes as part of Dominic Dromgoole’s anticipated year-long Oscar Wilde Season at the London venue.

Oscar Wilde’s 1985 comedy An Ideal Husband features as the spring production of Dominic Dromgoole’s year-long Oscar Wilde Season at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. Opening with its first production in October 2017, the celebration of Wilde’s work sees fully-staged productions with star-studded casts, and includes his best-known plays, as well as rarely produced works.

An Ideal Husband last ran at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2010, in a production starring Samantha Bond and her real-life husband Alexander Hanson as Mrs Cheveley and Sir Robert Chiltern. With further casting yet to be announced, Dromgoole will undoubtedly rally a dream team of brilliant actors and creatives.

Wilde’s Victorian political comedy is the wonderfully funny story of a politician’s assured success, as well as blackmail and secrets that have plenty of contemporary relevance. As Sir Robert rises to the top of his game with apparent ease, Mrs Cheveley suddenly appears to set the record straight.

Presenting a package of previous financial trickery, Sir Robert’s future is thrown into jeopardy. Frequently revived, the play serves as a reminder that these problems are still very much relevant today, and that even the strongest and most assured politicians can fall.

Casting includes stage and screen actress Frances Barber as Mrs Cheveley, alongside Freddie Fox (Travesties) as Lord Goring, Edward Fox as the Earl of Caversham, Nathaniel Parker as Lord Chiltern, Sally Bretton as Lady Chiltern and Susan Hampshire as Lady Markby.

With tickets available for a strictly limited run at the Vaudeville Theatre, performances play from 20 April to 14 July 2018, with a press night on 3 May 2018 and The Importance of Being Earnest opening soon after. This is a great opportunity to get tickets to see this modern classic as part of a bigger season paying tribute to Oscar Wilde’s work.

Sorry this show closed 14 July 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
14 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
Running time:
2 hours and 45 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Suitable for ages 8+
Audience Notes:
Fans of Oscar Wilde, comedic plays and period theatre won’t want to miss this production of a rarely-staged classic and should ensure to get their An Ideal Husband tickets.

Latest Audience Reviews

Excellent performances from the cast. Great to see so many well known, distinguished and skilled... More

A delicious piece of theatre! Wonderful casting, fabulous costumes, design and lighting beautiful... More

I really liked the play, it deals with serious matters. But with a lightness. Good actors and bea... More

This show was really funny and very well put together, Freddie Fox was absolutely excellent in hi... More

This was an Oscar Wilde play I was unfamiliar with but I found it very watchable and an absolute... More

An Ideal Husband was a remarkable play. I cannot recommend it enough! The cast was superb and I c... More

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