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An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Lewis Cowen

Playing dates: Friday January 26 to Saturday February 3 2018

Audition date: Wednesday October 25 at 7.30pm

Location: Wharf Theatre

First staged in 1895, An Ideal Husband is both a political thriller and a satire on Victorian morals and values. Sir Robert Chiltern is an upcoming politician, spoken of as a possible future Prime Minister, but he has a skeleton in his cupboard in the form of a letter sent in his early days, offering for sale cabinet secrets, which is now in the possession of the ruthless Mrs Cheveley. Sir Robert’s wife believes her husband to be morally scrupulous and the revelations in the letter are bound to threaten his marriage as well as his career. The set will be minimal but the costumes will be dazzling as, I am sure, will the acting.

The Earl of Caversham, 60s-70s, typically irascible but with a heart of gold

Lord Goring, 30s, his son, a close friend of the Chilterns

Sir Robert Chiltern, 30s-40s, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Vicomte de Nanjac, age irrelevant, Attache at the French Embassy in London

Mason, butler to Sir Robert Chiltern

Phipps, servant to Lord Goring

Lady Chiltern, 30s, wife of Sir Robert

Lady Markby, 60s, a friend of the Chilterns

Mrs Cheveley, 30s, a former schoolmate of Lady Chiltern

Miss Mabel Chiltern, 20s, Sir Robert’s sister

The Countess of Basildon

Mrs Marchmont

Copies of the script are available from the director, 01380 840478, 07523 050961 or email lewis@thecowens.force9.co.uk

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