About An Ideal Husband

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

Experience the comedic brilliance of Oscar Wilde right in the heart of the West End!

An Ideal Husband comes to the Vaudeville Theatre as part of the Oscar Wilde season, bringing an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. This production is set to be bold, hilarious and as relevant today as it was in the 1890s – you don’t want to miss it.

WHO'S IN IT?: AN IDEAL HUSBAND CAST

Starring real-life father and son Edward (The Audience, West End; 'The Day of the Jackal', ITV) and Freddie Fox (The Judas Kiss, West End; 'Cucumber & Banana', Channel 4; E4), Olivier Award-nominated Frances Barber ('Silk', BBC; Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s Globe), Nathaniel Parker (This House, West End; Wolf Hall, West End & Broadway), Sally Bretton ('Not Going Out', BBC; King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Susan Hampshire ('Forsyte Saga', 'Monarch of the Glen', BBC).

What's the story?

Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours, this witty tale about the politically corrupt upper-classes is one of Wilde’s finest works.

Government minister Sir Robert Chiltern and his wife, Lady Gertrude, hold a large, alcohol-fuelled high-society party. Everything is going swimmingly until the outrageous and charming Mrs Cheveley appears with damning proof of Sir Robert’s previous financial fraudulence.

Unless he reverses his position on the Argentine Canal that she's invested in, Mrs Cheveley will blackmail Sir Robert. He soon agrees to her demands but, when his wife finds out about his change of heart, she won't allow him to compromise on his principles. So, if he does what Mrs Cheveley wants, he'll lose his wife, if he doesn't, he'll lose his position and almost certainly his wife, too!

What follows quickly becomes a tangled web of lies, leading to strange mix-ups and a lot of confusion; the Rolls-Royce of English comedies.

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Now Starring

Freddie Fox
Edward Fox

Vaudeville Theatre

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Where is An Ideal Husband?

404 Strand London WC2R 0NH
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176
  • Parking: St Martin's Lane Hotel (5mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Strand) 23, 139, 176, N6, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Bakerloo, Northern
  • Directions:

    (5mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross street where possible and go right 100 metres – it’s just after the Adelphi Theatre.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross

Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible