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An Ideal Husband - Tabard Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DAVID Phipps-Davis (Ruddigore) directs Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, which runs at the Tabard Theatre from July 1 to July 19, 2014.

Set in an upper-class world of fops and dandies, Wilde’s witty social satire questions the morality of seemingly upstanding politicians.

Sir Robert is a well-respected politician whose spotless reputation is the pride of his beautiful wife and adoring sister. But when an old acquaintance threatens to reveal a dark secret from Robert’s past, only his womanizing, party-loving best friend is scheming and dishonest enough to come to his aid.

As the plot unfolds, it’s revealed that Sir Robert is deeply flawed; the man with all the flaws must do something right for once and the question remains: what makes An Ideal Husband?

The cast includes Eileen Battye as Lady Markby and Kathryn Hamilton Hall as Gertrude Chiltern. Battye has worked extensively in major UK theatres, including for Alan Ayckbourn and the Royal Shakespeare Company. As well as touring extensively in Europe, Hamilton Hall has worked at Bristol Old Vic and Shakespeare’s Globe. She has also appeared in Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre.

Joining them in the cast of An Ideal Husband are Doug Cooper, Michael Kenneth Stewart, Sara Langridge, Francesca Meredith, Jill Rutland, Jamie Thompson and Scott Westwood.

Oscar Wilde’s witty and imaginative works (The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband) are considered among the great literary masterpieces of the late Victorian period.

Tickets: £16/£14 – available from the box office on 020 8995 6035 or online at www.tabardweb.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday matinee at 4pm.

Bernard Shaw’s lost classic Misalliance continues at the Tabard Theatre until June 21, 2014.