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CURRENT PRODUCTION

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Patrick Briône

Tuesday 14th - Saturday 18th May

Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre

Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is.”

Sir Robert Chiltern has it all – wealth, charm, a glowing political career and a wife who idolises him, above all for his apparently impeccable virtue and morally upstanding nature. Into his seemingly perfect life, however, arrives the scheming, scandalous and seductive Mrs Cheveley; a woman who scorns the hypocritical moralising of the age and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. And a woman who knows a dangerous secret about Robert’s past that threatens to bring his whole world crashing down…

Written by Oscar Wilde in 1894, An Ideal Husband is a biting satire of Victorian politics, morality and relationships. With almost every line a quotable example of Wilde’s famous wit, the hilarious dialogue sits atop a much weightier story, combining both deep cynicism about British society and inspiring hope in the redeeming power of love and forgiveness.

“Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself. To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”

The play, with its story of a celebrated man leading a double life with a scandal waiting to be exposed, mirrors in a way Wilde’s own life. On the last day of the play’s opening run in 1895, Wilde was arrested for gross indecency after the exposure of his homosexual lifestyle, bringing a tragically early end to his own brilliant career. 

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Cast

Sir Robert Chiltern - Joe Dillon

Lady Gertrude Chiltern - Emma Bugg

Lord Goring - Josh Mallalieu

Mabel Chiltern - Zoe Spencer

Mrs Cheveley - Philippa Jones

Lord Caversham - Guy Robarts

Lady Markby - Georgina Macfarlane

Lady Basildon - Christina Jenkins

Mrs Marchmont - Jasmine Stock

Mason - Shehrry Javid

Mr Montford/Phipps - Richard Vaughan-Payne

Vicomte de Nanjac/Harold - Dan Rhodes

Crew

Director - Patric Briône

Assistant Director - Natalie Romero

Stage Manager - Harry Cowper

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