An Ideal Husband at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
An Ideal Husband at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for ages 8+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 20 Apr 2018
Press night: 03 May 2018
Booking from: 14 Jul 2018
Booking until: 14 Jul 2018

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

59 Reviews Add review

The show opens beautifully, a violin player whenever the security curtain is lowered, and an opening scene of graceful waltzing in... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 45 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show opens beautifully, a violin player whenever the security curtain is lowered, and an opening scene of graceful waltzing in long, swishy gowns. Kudos to the waiter carrying a tray of drinks, who whirls around the stage without dropping them. Again, what a rarity to see a play in period costume. As it happens, most of the cast only appear in this opening scene, then vanish into the London night, ne'er to be seen again - till the final bow. The story concerns a respected society couple - the wife idolises her "ideal husband". Unfortunately, a lady of shady reputation soon reveals a sordid secret he's kept hidden for years - will his wife's stubborn morality prevent a happy ending? You'd be surprised at the role that the "most idle man in London", who normally spends all his time living the highlife, plays, and how he becomes the champion of common sense. Played by Freddie Fox, he spends much of his time being bothered by his interfering father (also his father in real life, Edward Fox) - we did wonder, afterwards, how much fun they had with that! Of course, watching something like this brings to mind Wilde's real-life story - at the time that this was released, he was being charged with "gross indecency", and you have to imagine that he was putting himself in the role of the husband that must be forgiven. I also saw something of him in the man-about-town, the social dandy. By and large, this is a lovely production - the only time it lagged, for me, was in the drawing room scene in the first act, where the ladies are making small talk. But then, perhaps the play is making a point, here, about the senseless small talk of upper class society ladies. And I must say, if that's what you want to do, you couldn't do better than Susan Hampshire, who is in her element here.

u2fancat 5'6'', 45 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Excellent performances from the cast. Great to see so many well known, distinguished and skilled actors in one play. The chemistry... More

leepeddie 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Excellent performances from the cast. Great to see so many well known, distinguished and skilled actors in one play. The chemistry between father and son Fox added an extra smile and it was really quite heartwarming to watch them perform together. Susan Hampshire nearly stole the show. The play itself is still fresh, relevant and most of all funny. My 13 yr old son and his 14 yr old friend were surprised to find that they really enjoyed the experience. I don’t know why this wasn’t a sell-out.

leepeddie 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fabulous period piece with lots of costume changes and a strong cast. Freddie Fox is outstanding!

marebert 5' 1", 47 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fabulous period piece with lots of costume changes and a strong cast. Freddie Fox is outstanding!

marebert 5' 1", 47 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was an Oscar Wilde play I was unfamiliar with but I found it very watchable and an absolute treat! The stellar line up inclu... More

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This was an Oscar Wilde play I was unfamiliar with but I found it very watchable and an absolute treat! The stellar line up included real-life father and son Edward and Freddie Fox who were a complete joy to watch on stage. Nathaniel Parker and Sally Bretton were very good too and Susan Hampshire had some cracking one-liners! I love a good period costume drama when it's done well, and this one certainly didn't disappoint. An absolute treat!

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I just loved Freddie Fox. He is so talented and sparkling, and simply stole the show. It's refreshing to see a period drama done w... More

marebert 5' 1", 47 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I just loved Freddie Fox. He is so talented and sparkling, and simply stole the show. It's refreshing to see a period drama done without being unnecessarily reinvented too.

marebert 5' 1", 47 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was really funny and very well put together, Freddie Fox was absolutely excellent in his role as Lord Goring and being o... More

emilydiver 5"0, 200 reviews, 14 helpful votes

This show was really funny and very well put together, Freddie Fox was absolutely excellent in his role as Lord Goring and being on stage with his Dad really added something to the performance. It was a little on the long side (2hrs 45)but, apart from a small amount of the first half, it didn't feel like it dragged too much.

emilydiver 5"0, 200 reviews, 14 helpful votes

A wonderful show, high production level. It's very easy to overdo the wit and underplay the gravitas of Oscar Wilde's work but thi... More

mariannavasili1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A wonderful show, high production level. It's very easy to overdo the wit and underplay the gravitas of Oscar Wilde's work but this production is spot on, especially due to the layered performances of Sally Bretton & Frances Barber amongst a fab cast. And the violinist, genius idea.

mariannavasili1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Last minute decision as my daughter couldn't go, not really my thing but I did enjoy it. A great cast as well.

jackiewhite 5.9, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Last minute decision as my daughter couldn't go, not really my thing but I did enjoy it. A great cast as well.

jackiewhite 5.9, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A delicious piece of theatre! Wonderful casting, fabulous costumes, design and lighting beautiful - an absolute treat.

doonakebab 5'10", 95 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A delicious piece of theatre! Wonderful casting, fabulous costumes, design and lighting beautiful - an absolute treat.

doonakebab 5'10", 95 reviews, 1 helpful vote