An Ideal Husband

Vaudeville Theatre

An Ideal Husband

20 Apr 2018 - 14 Jul 2018

£23.00 - £87.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

An ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems assured. Until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery.

​The 'Rolls-Royce of English comedies' brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home.

Ages 8+


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“[Freddie] Fox is dangerous, decent, anarchic, adorable. Never declaiming, he makes century-old aphorisms fresh-minted.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Beautifully played and cast...a stellar joy... A fiery, generous performance from Frances Barber.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Church’s production triumphs because it skilfully balances Wilde’s light and shade, rather than overdosing on epigrams.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Well-balanced revival, which proves as handsome, witty and ultimately kindly as its beguiling hero.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“Freddie Fox... giving an enchantingly comic performance... in this shrewd, very enjoyable revival.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Ever-topical play. Jonathan Church’s stylish revival reminds us Wilde explores serious issues under the epigrammatic surface.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“More urgent in its Wildean philosophy than the earlier, larkier ones in the season, this is a fascinating and heartfelt play.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“In Church’s straightforward period production, Freddie Fox is triumphant... There’s never a dull moment when he’s onstage.”

Caroline McGinn (Time Out)

“Barber, so scarlet as a vamping villainess that she might have jumped off a playing card... Freddie Fox is exquisite.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“These are not only bold and knotty themes but alarmingly timeless. Update the language and it could have been written last week.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Unsettled evening leaves blood on Wilde's drawing-room furniture.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Church’s production makes Wilde feel cosy, clubby and safe. And that’s a real shame.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

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