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An Ideal Husband

Starring Edward Fox, Freddie Fox and Frances Barber.

Classic Spring is a new theatre company, formed by Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) to celebrate the bold and ground breaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote. 

“Launched with a flourish” (The Sunday Times), Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season promises to cast new light on Wilde's ground-breaking work, showing how more than a century on, he still strikes to the heart of social scandal.


What Is An Ideal Husband About?

The Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home.

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.

★★★★ ‘Fantastic Mr Foxes’ - The Times
★★★★ ‘A delicious double act’ - Independent
★★★★ ‘Incredibly funny’ - Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Absolutely superb’ - Times
★★★★ ‘Masterful performances’ - Evening Standard


404 Strand, London


Edward Fox will play the Earl of Caversham. He is best known for his performance at The Day of the Jackal and Edward & Mrs. Simpson (ITV). Screen credits also include A Bridge Too Far, The Dresser, and Gandhi.

Freddie Fox will play Lord Goring. He played in The Judas Kiss, opposite Rupert Everett (Hampstead Theatre, West End). Other credits include Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End), Cucumber (Channel 4), Banana (E4), Boy George (BBC) and The Three Musketeers. 

Frances Barber plays Mrs. Cheveley. Best-known for her role as Caroline Warwick in Silk (BBC), her many screen and stage credits include Mr. Holmes, Vicious (ITV), and Death in Paradise (BBC), Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), Arkadina in The Seagull (RSC), and Julius in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse).


2 hrs & 45 mins including the interval


Suitable For Children

Ages 8+

When Can I Go

Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 2:30pm

Please note: No matinee on Saturday 21nd April, Tuesday 24th April or Tuesday 5th June 2018

Where Do I Go

404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH

Vaudeville Theatre

404 Strand, London

Latest customer reviews

  • Elegant and entertaining show

    25 May 2018

    A very entertaining show, with accomplished acting of Wilde’s witty script, exquisitely elegant sets and costumes. Nathaniel Parker was convincing as Sir Robert Chiltern with the delightful Sally Bretton as his suitably repressed wife. Edward Fox was amusing as the crusty Earl of Caversham, and it was an intriguing conceit to have Freddie Fox playing his son Viscount Goring – but although Freddie gave a lively performance I thought he was too young to play Goring convincingly – he looks like a boy of about 20, while Goring is meant to be a man of the world in his mid-30’s. At the other end of the spectrum Frances Barber also gave a good performance, but she is really too old to play Mrs Cheveley – who is meant to have been at school with young Lady Chiltern! I am not a huge fan of colour-blind casting, but Faith Omole had stage presence as Mabel Chiltern, and I was prepared to believe she could be Sir Robert’s adopted sister. Susan Hampshire was charming as Lady Markby, and the other minor characters made the most of their roles, especially Samuel Martin who played the violin with such panache, and Tim Waller as the sphinx-like butler Phipps.

    Alison Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Amazing performances

    25 May 2018

    Just the very best in acting, seeing these professionals in action made this a wonderful afternoon. Never mind the story, go and see acting at its very best.

    John Stainer Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 24 May 2018

    Such a great performance! Loved the diversity of the characters and cast. A wonderful piece that was very well done. A must see for Oscar lovers!!!

    TJ Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • An Ideal Production

    24 May 2018

    Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" was a delight! Excellent acting and set design. Dialogue was borh funny and socially pointed.

    James Confirmed ticket purchaser

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