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An Ideal Husband

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The real-life father and son duo, Edward and Freddie Fox, play fictional father and son in Oscar Wilde’s legendary play, An Ideal Husband. A story of corruption and blackmail supplemented by uncanny wit and humour, the play leads its audience on an interesting and grotesque romantic journey. Every scene is sure to make you question some of the stereotypical ideas we hold about morality.

Why Watch An Ideal Husband

The play has entertained readers and audiences for over a century with its depiction of the twisted manner in which women of the late 19th century tried to snare the ‘perfect husband’. It exposes some of the most blatant hypocrisies of the time. You will be shocked by the relevance it bears even to this day and age. Directed by Jonathan Church, An Ideal Husband opens in Vaudeville Theatre April this year.

The Story

An Ideal Husband is set in one of the more prosperous parts of 19th century London. Mrs Laura Cheveley is an influential woman with connections in high places. She is intent on getting a large investment to build a canal in Argentina, and a minister named Robert Chiltern seems to be the perfect stepping stone on her road to stardom. Mrs Cheverly knows Sir Chiltern’s darkest secret and strongly believes that she can use it as leverage to get what she wants. Will Sir Chiltern be able to turn the tables on the ambitious Mrs Cheverly? Will he fall from grace as his secrets are ruthlessly revealed? The story is full of interesting twists and turns that are splattered with humour. It is everything you would expect from a tale told by Oscar Wilde himself.

Good for

Fans of Oscar Wilde | Comedy Lovers

Critics Reviews

“Despite not being in the same league as Wilde's other plays this is nevertheless hugely entertaining”
– The Telegraph

“Wilde's plot may be full of awkward contrivances but Posner's production does full justice to its genuine substance”
– The Guardian

Show Details

Show Timings

Tue-Sat 7:30 PM
Tue, Thu & Sat 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Leading Roles
Earl Fox as Earl of Caversham
Frances Barber as Mrs. Cheveley
Freddie Fox as Lord Goring

Jonathan Church

Oscar Wilde

Know Before You Go


Suitable for ages 8 and up.

Available Facilities
In-house lounge
Coat check
Wheelchair accessible

The Vaudeville Theatre has a seating capacity of 690.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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All West End show tickets are non-refundable.

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Vaudeville Theater, 404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH, UK, London

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