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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.

Performance dates: 14 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: Suitable for ages 8+

Special notice: 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.

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Latest audience reviews

jamesflockhart Top 50 reviewer12 Apr 2019

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

leepeddie 02 Jun 2018

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 02 Jun 2018

I just loved Freddie Fox. He is so talented and sparkling, and simply stole the show. It's refreshing... More

marebert 13 Jul 2018

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 13 Jul 2018

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

emilygami Top 50 reviewer12 May 2018

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.

emilygami Top 50 reviewer12 May 2018

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

joc78 Top 10 reviewer26 Apr 2018

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 Top 10 reviewer26 Apr 2018

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

doonakebab Top 100 reviewer29 May 2018

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

doonakebab Top 100 reviewer29 May 2018
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