An Ideal Husband

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand, London

Expected Summer 2018
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Nearest Tube: Charing Cross / Covent Garden

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An Ideal Husband

A major revival of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband in London presented by Dominic Dromgoole's Classic Spring Theatre Company

"Sooner or later, we shall all have to pay for what we do... No one should be entirely judged by their past" Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his family. For the next 48 hours all their lives will be turned upside down. The brilliance of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband is that it is a stylish critique of politicians and social morality, whilst leaving the audience convinced they have seen uplifting and light-hearted entertainment.

This revival is presented as part of Dominic Dromgoole's Classic Spring Theatre Company's Oscar Wilde Season: A Woman of No Importance from October to December 2017; Lady Windermere's Fan from January to April 2018; Wilde Creatures children's show, December 2017; An Ideal Husband spring/summer 2018; and The Importance Of Being Earnest spring/summer 2018.

An Ideal Husband in London at the Vaudeville Theatre - expected Summer 2018 - further details to be announced


London West End Revival with Alexander Hanson and Samantha Bond 2011

Previewed 4 November 2010, Opened 10 November 2010, Closed 26 February 2011 at the Vaudeville Theatre

A major revival of Oscar Wilde's classic play An Ideal Husband in London starring Alexander Hanson, Rachael Stirling, Samantha Bond and Elliot Cowan and directed by Lindsay Posner.

The cast for this production of An Ideal Husband in London features Samantha Bond as 'Mrs Cheveley', Elliot Cowan as 'Lord Goring', Rachael Stirling as 'Lady Chiltern' and Alexander Hanson as 'Sir Robert Chiltern' with Charles Kay and Fiona Button. The production is directed by Lindsay Posner with designs by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Peter Mumford, music by Matthew Scott and sound by Gareth Owen. Samantha Bond's recent West End theatre credits include Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (Duke of York's Theatre 2009), Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance (Haymarket Theatre 2003) and William Shakespeare's Macbeth (Noel Coward Theatre 2002). Alexander Hanson's London theatre credits include the musicals The Sound of Music (London Palladium 2006) and Marguerite (Haymarket Theatre 2008).

"The career and wealth of Sir Robert Chiltern, Oscar Wilde's chief protagonist, is founded on the sale of a Cabinet secret to a financier... In the play, Chiltern appears to have got away with it until the scheming Mrs Cheveley arrives on the social scene and threatens to expose the guilt beneath the gilded career. It's surely not by chance that in Lindsay Posner's well-dressed, well-spoken revival, the walls of Chiltern's magnificent house are coated in blindingly bright gold leaf. Samantha Bond's siren Mrs Cheveley has dangerous adventuress etched in her sculpted face and blazingly hard eyes... There's lots of talk of power in this piece and those with the most are in possession of a secret that must be kept at a considerable price, or revealed at a terrible cost... The classily clipped and biting Bond, her gorgeous ball gowns and the golden set are the best reasons for seeing this play. There's a superb performance too from Elliot Cowan as the dandy Lord Goring, who pretends he thinks of little but his buttonhole but actually values truth and loyalty even more highly than his appearance. He's the ideal husband for Sir Robert's enchantingly unworldly sister Mabel... It says a great deal for Posner's production that the play proves to be less an epigrammatic firework party and more a tragedy masquerading as a glittering comedy." The Mail on Sunday

"Although Oscar Wilde's style, with aphorisms flying around like shrapnel, can be wearing at times the elegance of his structure must be admired. The truly wonderful Samantha Bond as Mrs Cheveley steals every scene she is in. Her naturally cheeky beauty can suddenly narrow into serpentine evil as she pours out honeyed venom. She can become the living nightmare of a man in the public eye. Alexander Hanson brings a well-observed crushed dignity to the part of Sir Robert. And Rachael Stirling is superbly priggish as Lady Chiltern. The evening really belongs to Elliot Cowan as the dandified, seemingly pointless Viscount Goring. At first he seems little more than a vacuous figure, mincing from party to party. But he finally emerges as a beacon of gentle sanity in an unforgiving world - all delightfully handled by the talented Mr Cowan. Much praise too for Lindsay Posner's fluent direction and designer Stephen Brimson Lewis' gorgeously glowing sets." The Daily Express

The Importance of Being Earnest may be one of the most evergreen comedies in drama, but An Ideal Husband has a better plot. Numerous twists and turns ensue, involving suspected adultery, a lost brooch and another incriminating letter, before final restitution... Elliot Cowan makes for a tremendously likeable Goring... Alexander Hanson is good as Chiltern, tormented by his ambitions, but unable to put them aside, and electrifying in the confrontation scene with his wife... Caroline Blakiston is a hoot as the eccentric old battleaxe Lady Markby... Fiona Button is a delightful Mabel and Samantha Bond a charmingly poisonous Mrs Cheveley... and there's a subtly compelling performance from Rachael Stirling as Gertrude, Lady Chiltern... Along with these fine performances, there are resplendent sets by Stephen Brimson Lewis... The director, Lindsay Posner, has cooked up a classy, handsome production of a work that shows Wilde at his most wittily serious and subversively moral." The Sunday Times

An Ideal Husband in London at the Vaudeville Theatre previewed from 4 November 2010, opened on 10 November 2010 and closed on 26 February 2011.