Main House Edward Fox, Freddie Fox, Susan Hampshire, Nathaniel Parker, Frances Barber, Sally Bretton

An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde
  • 18 July - 4 August

Event Information

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running Time: 2h40m approx.

Edward Fox, Freddie Fox, Susan Hampshire, Nathaniel Parker, Frances Barber and Sally Bretton star in Oscar Wilde’s glittering comedy.

Sir Robert Chiltern is a promising politician, destined for the highest office,wealthy and adored by his wife. He is unquestionably an ideal husband. Until, that is, the enigmatic Mrs Cheveley appears in London with a damning secret from his past that could ruin both his career and his marriage.

★★★★ “Jonathan Church directs a delight of a production. Freddie Fox is absolutely superb” The Times

★★★★ “Jonathan Church’s production triumphs … nigh on ideal” Evening Standard

★★★★ “Jonathan Church’s stylish revival … Susan Hampshire brilliant” Guardian

★★★★ “Freddie Fox … enchantingly comic” Independent

Only venue outside of the West End

Mon – Fri eves and Sat mats: £27.00 £32.50 £34.50 £37.50 £39.50
Sat eves: £29.50 £33.50 £35.50 £38.50 £41.50
Thurs mats: £25.50 £31.00 £33.00 £37.00 £38.00

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies

Directed by Jonathan Church

The cast includes Edward Fox as the Earl of Caversham, Freddie Fox as Lord Goring, Susan Hampshire as Lady Markby, Nathaniel Parker as Sir Robert Chiltern, Frances Barber as Mrs. Cheveley and Sally Bretton as Lady Chiltern.

Edward Fox is well known for his roles in The Day of the Jackal and Edward and Mrs. Simpson;

Freddie Fox played Oscar Wilde’s lover Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas in The Judas Kiss, opposite Rupert Everett in Bath and the West End.

Nathaniel Parker recently starred as Henry VIII in the RSC’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies n the West End and on Broadway. His other stage credits include playing Gordon Brown in The Audience with Helen Mirren, and James Graham’s This House in the West End. His screen work includes the title role in the BBC1 series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

Susan Hampshire is a three-time Emmy Award winner for her roles in The Forsyte Saga, The First Churchill’s and Vanity Fair. Other television credits include The Pallisers, The Grand and The Monarch of the Glen and stage roles in Bath include The Lady in the Van and The Circle.

Frances Barber’s numerous television credits include The Street, Doctor Who and Silk.  She has worked in a string of award-winning productions for the National Theatre and the RSC, with roles as diverse as Eliza in Pygmalion and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. 

Sally Bretton stars in the long-running BBC1 comedy series Not Going Out alongside Lee Mack, and crime drama Death in Paradise. Other screen credits include Absolute Power, Green Wing and The Office. Stage work includes King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Box Office is open from 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

All tickets for Main House productions include a £2 building levy.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

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