An Ideal Husband [Melbourne]
Saturday August 11, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Megan Bytheway & Linda D'Ornay
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About the Show
The most effervescently serious comedy Wilde ever wrote, as well as one of the funniest.
Successful politician Sir Robert Chiltern has it all – money, power and the love of his adoring wife. But when the mysterious Mrs Cheveley threatens to expose a dark secret from his past, will his reputation, career and marriage be ruined?
In Oscar Wilde’s effervescent society drama, dukes, dandies and unmarried daughters gather in drawing rooms to sip tea, exchange gossip and flirt. Comically ravishing characters engage in witty repartee, holding a mirror up to late-Victorian society values. However, this story is more than a humorous battle of the sexes. Insider trading, political corruption, hypocrisy and blackmail hold the intrigue in a comedy, that for all its touches of melodrama and farce, offers poignant insights into human frailty