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Closed February 26, 2011

Oscar Wilde's political comedy enjoys a fresh burst of life and contemporary relevance.

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Why See An Ideal Husband?


Oscar Wilde's linguistic genius truly shines in this delightfully witty comic drama of blackmail and political corruption. Directed by highly acclaimed Lindsay Posner, this thoroughly entertaining and refreshingly topical revival of An Ideal Husband personifies Wilde's philosophy of life while critiquing Victorian values.

The story revolves around Sir Robert Chiltern, a rising political star in the Foreign Office. In his earlier days, during his quest for wealth and power, he made a rash decision and sold cabinet secrets to a stock-exchange speculator from another government.

Devious Mrs Cheveley finds herself in possession of an incriminating letter, perfect blackmailing material and definite means to advance her own commercial interests. This is shattering news for Sir Robert's saintly wife, Lady Gertrude, who idealises and idolises her husband. With political ruin and his marriage on the line, Sir Robert turns to his friend, Viscount Goring, a dandified idler who has something of a romantic past with Mrs Cheveley. Good at playing her own game, he joins the party that set for ruin.

An Ideal Husband stars Alexander Hanson, better known for his musical career, as Sir Robert Chiltern. Rachel Stirling plays Lady Chiltern, Elliot Cowan plays Viscount Goring and Samantha Bond plays the blackmailing Mrs Cheveley.

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Previews from: 4 November 2010

Opening night: 10 November 2010


An Ideal Husband is suitable for audiences of all ages.

Run time

2 hours and 40 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

Cast and Creative


Alex Hanson as Sir Robert Chiltern
Samantha Bond as Mrs Cheveley
Elliot Cowan as Lord Arthur Goring
Rachel Stirling as Lady Gertrude Chiltern
Charles Kay as The Earl of Caversham
Fiona Button as Mabel Chiltern
Caroline Blakiston as Lady Markby
George Beach as James and Lord Barford
Tor Clark as Mrs Marchmont
Philip Desmeules as Mr Montford and Harold
Max Digby as Phipps
Jane Dowden as Lady Barford
Derek Howard as Mason
Tom Mothersdale Vicomte de Nanjac, Attaché at the French Embassy in London
Gemma Page as The Countess of Basildon
Carmen Rodriguez as the Duchess of Maryborough


Author: Ocar Wilde
Director: Lindsay Posner
Design: Stephen Brimson Lewis
Lighting: Peter Mumford
Composer: Matthew Scott
Sound: Gareth Owen

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