"Nigh on Ideal"
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"Something quite delicious"
-The Times-

"Utterly delightful"
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About the show

Following the success of A Woman of No Importance, starring Eve Best, Dominic Dromgoole presents Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy An Ideal Husband as part of the anticipated Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre. Further productions in the season include Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Last revived at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2010, with a cast including Samantha Bond and Alexander Hanson, An Ideal Husband is frequently described as the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of English comedies. The play follows ambitious government minister Sir Robert Chiltern as he quickly ascends to the top of his game.

That is, until the blackmailing Mrs Cheveley appears with some rather damning evidence of Chiltern’s previous political sins. With financial scams revealed, vengeful acts are in place and comedy is rife in Wilde’s hilarious and pertinent comedy.

The production features a star-studded cast, including film and television actress Frances Barber as Mrs Cheveley, alongside Freddie Fox (Travesties at the Apollo Theatre) as Lord Goring, Edward Fox as the Earl of Caversham, Nathaniel Parker as Lord Chiltern, Sally Bretton as Lady Chiltern and Susan Hampshire as Lady Markby.

Dominic Dromgoole presents a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde, staging some of his best-known plays at the Vaudeville Theatre. Featuring stars including Eve Best, Jennifer Saunders and more well-known names, the season promises to be highly entertaining, highlighting how Wilde’s works are still relevant today.

An Ideal Husband plays at London’s Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited season, playing from May 3rd to July 14th 2018, with previous beginning April 20th 2018. The play is followed by The Selfish Giant and a revival of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Who Should See It?

Fans of Oscar Wilde’s comedies should not miss out on An Ideal Husband, which was last seen in the West End in 2010. Part of the highly-anticipated season, this guarantees hilarity.

An Ideal Husband is suitable for those aged 8 and up.

Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

20th Apr 2018

22nd Jan 2021

14th Jul 2018

Running time

2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)


Suitable for ages 8+