One of Oscar Wilde’s most famous works, the classic comedic play An Ideal Husband, is coming to the Gate Theatre in Dublin this April.
Directed by Ethan McSweeny, An Ideal Husband revolves around political corruption and blackmail as well as covering themes of private and public honour.
Oscar Wilde, born in Dublin in 1854, began to write the play in the summer of 1893, finishing it that winter. Many of the themes featured in it taken from his own life experience at the time. The play was extremely popular in its original run and lasted over one hundred performances. Since then, it has become to be regarded by many as one of Wilde’s best works.
An Ideal Husband is set in London and takes place over a 24 hour period. Sir Robert Chiltern (Garrett Lombard) is a Government minister whose success and happy marriage to Lady Chiltern (Lorna Quinn) is threatened by the arrival of Mrs. Cheveley (Aoibheann O‘Hara). Mrs. Cheveley has evidence of a past misdeed and Chiltern seeks the help of his friend Viscount Goring (Marty Rea). “Sooner or later we shall all have to pay for what we do,” Wilde notes.
An Ideal Husband begins at the Gate Theatre with a preview performance on Thursday April 3rd. Opening night is on Tuesday April 8th. Evening performances are at 7.30pm and matinee shows at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at €32. For more information visit the Gate Theatre website.
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