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An Ideal Husband - 1996 - Broadway

In Oscar Wilde's brilliantly witty comedy, fate catches up to politician Robert Chiltern when a mysterious woman produces a letter revealing a past misdeed. Is this a public scandal or private shame? One of the more serious of Wilde's social comedies, "An Ideal Husband" focuses on the often corrupt underpinnings of wealth and power, how information and knowledge in politics hold sway, and how public and personal morality can collide. "An Ideal Husband" also takes a good-natured poke at the institution of marriage, asking us if it is it truly possible to try to have an "ideal" marriage. In the end, Wilde's message is surprisingly benign: only love really matters, only love will lead to happiness.

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Ethel Barrymore Theatre

(New York, NY)
243 West 47th St.
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2019
Presented by Eric Abraham and Ken Forrester Vineyards, the 2020 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season features a record 48 titles to be screened as part of its ninth successful year.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2019
Paige Davis (a?oeTrading Spaces,a?? Chicago), Jeff Still (To Kill a Mockingbird, Oslo) and Jay Klaitz (HBO's a?oeVinyl,a?? Netflix's a?oeJessica Jonesa??) lead the cast of the reading of Vicky Vodrey's new play Hanky Panky.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2019
Rupert Everett has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? alongside two-time Tony Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf. Everett will succeed the previously announced Eddie Izzard, who departs the production due to scheduling difficulties.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2019
AN IDEAL HUSBAND a?" Oscar Wilde's satirical comedy about blackmail and political corruption in late 19th century London has been updated by Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski and Charlotte Kirkby and moved effortlessly into Washington, D.C.'s world of politics and scandal during the 1960s. It performs on The Heritage Center Theatre stage in Morrisville, PA from September 13 through 29. Co-Starring Nicholas Pecht, Allison, Deratzian, Tristan Takacs and Cat Miller. Featuring (alphabetically) Laurie Hardy, Charlotte Kirkby, Greg Kopcho, Hayley Rubins-Topoleski, Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski, Joseph Ryan and Joy Woffindin. Produced by Charlotte Kirkby and Hayley Rubins-Topoleski. Directed by Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski. Stage managed by Em Ricciardi. Costumes by Theresa Vassallo. Lighting design by Andrena Wishnie.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Get a first look inside the rehearsal room for the compelling and chilling true story, Fast. A psychological drama, laced with suspense, it follows the cult health professional Linda Hazzard, played by Caroline Lawrie (Peaky Blinders, BBC; An Ideal Husband, The Old Vic; The Master Builder, Theatre Royal Haymarket), whose cures had a shocking mortality rate. In a chilling parallel to our modern world of influencers peddling protein shakes and pills, Fast is the true story of Linda Hazzard who advocated a fasting cure that gripped the press and divided a nation.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2019
Olivier Award nominee Patrick Ryecart (The Crown, Poldark, The King's Speech) will lead the cast of The Barn Theatre's reimagined actor-musician production of Charles Dickens' festive masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, as Ebenezer Scrooge.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2019
A brand new production of the classic thriller, Dial M for Murder, will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow next year as part of UK tour.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019
Award-winning theatre director and producer Jonathan Church CBE, has announced the launch of a new production company Jonathan Church Theatre Productions supported by Trafalgar Entertainment's Joint CEOs Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 16, 2019
It's time to celebrate because today is the birthday of legendary stage and screen actress Angela Lansbury! In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at the opening night of her Tony-winning performance in Blithe Spirit on Broadway! Check out the video to see Lansbury alongside her co-stars Christine Ebersole, Rupert Everett, and more on this special night!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
Kander & Ebb's (Chicago, Cabaret) Tony Award-winning musical, Kiss of the Spider Woman, is now in rehearsals at Melbourne Theatre Company ahead of its opening on Friday 22 November at Southbank Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
Co-Artistic Director James Wallis and Associate Artistic Director Catherine Rainville helm this inventive and fresh production of a dream filled world familiar to many audiences. With the experience and knowledge from a decade of directing and performing Shakespeare, Rainville and Wallis aim to take everything audiences think they know about this story and challenge expectations, presenting a Dream built in the BASH'd style, using the unique talents and life experiences of the company. The Monarch Tavern, one of the company's favourite bars, provides the perfect location for a drunken dream of lovers, fairies, and magic.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019
A brand new production of the classic thriller, Dial M for Murder, tours the UK in 2020 opening at Richmond Theatre on Monday 13th January 2020. The genre-defining thriller - based on Frederick Knott's stage and screen play, made world-famous by Hitchcock's iconic 1954 film - will be directed by Anthony Banks.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2019
Following the sold-out run at Park Theatre, London, full casting has been announced for the first national tour of The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, the new political comedy from journalist, broadcaster and playwright Jonathan Maitland (An Audience with Jimmy Savile, Dead Sheep). Directed by Dugald Bruce-Lockheart, the tour will begin at Festival Theatre, Malvern on 22 January 2020.
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2019
Jonathan Church, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath's Summer Season 2019 today announces further casting for its upcoming programme of eight plays.
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2019
Free For All, one of the capital's cherished annual traditions, will return for its 29th annual summer to Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), offering two weeks of free performances of the Company's 2018 acclaimed production of Shakespeare's Hamlet starring MICHAEL URIE (Ugly Betty) as Hamlet.
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019
Shakespeare's Globe has announced the full cast for William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Sean Holmes. Sean joined the Globe as Associate Artistic Director after almost a decade as Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's evergreen comedy of chaos and order, opens on Friday 28 June in The Globe Theatre. Bottom will be played by Jocelyn Jee Esien, returning to the Globe following her titular role of Dr Faustus.
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2020
You can watch a free screening of Lyric Hammersmith's production of A Doll's House, for free on YouTube on Wednesday 20 May, 2020!
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2020
Town Hall Theatre continues opening up the archives to share some of our past productions with audiences. Next up: 2011's TWELFTH NIGHT video, accessible for viewing starting May 15 through June 14, 2020. Tickets are all pay-what-you-can, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at https://www.townhalltheatre.com/town-hall-video-archives
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2020
The Lehman Trilogy is officially in previews on Broadway! This strictly limited, 16-week engagement comes to Broadway on the heels of runs at London's National Theatre and New York's Park Avenue Armory, as well as an engagement in London's West End. Written by Stefano Massini, directed by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Sam Mendes, and starring its original cast of Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles, The Lehman Trilogy opens officially at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2020
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is officially in previews on Broadway! Two-time Tony Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett star on Broadway in Edward Albee's seminal drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, this production also stars Russell Tovey and 2019 Olivier Award winner Patsy Ferran.
by Stage Tube - Mar 12, 2020
San Diego Repertory Theatre presents House of Joy, the fifth show in the theatre's 44th season. The production, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Sam Woodhouse, the theatre's Artistic Director, and Arpita Mukherjee, will run March 5 - 29, 2020, in San Diego REP's Lyceum Space Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2020
San Diego Repertory Theatre presents House of Joy, the fifth show in the theatre's 44th season. The production, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Sam Woodhouse, the theatre's Artistic Director, and Arpita Mukherjee, will run March 5 - 29, 2020, in San Diego REP's Lyceum Space Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2020
Town Hall Theatre continues opening up the archives to share some of our past productions with audiences. Next up: our recording of the award-winning 2017 production of Oscar Wilde's deliciously witty comedy, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, accessible for viewing starting June 11 through July 17, 2020. Viewing is free online with donations appreciated at: https://www.townhalltheatre.com/town-hall-video-archives.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019
Take Note Theatre today announces the full cast for the brand-new production of Sherlock Holmes and The Invisible Thing to be staged at Rudolf Steiner Theatre - a stone's throw from Holmes' 221b Baker Street. David Phipps-Davis directs Stephen Chance (Sherlock Holmes), Doug Cooper (Inspector Peacock), Philip Mansfield (Dr Watson), Imogen Smith (Betty Rochester) and Vanessa-Faye Stanley (Lucy Grendle). Written by Greg Freeman, the production opens on 25 July, with previews from 17 July and runs until 18 August.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2020
Sir Ian McKellen will step into the iconic shoes of William Shakespeare's Hamlet in an upcoming age-blind production of the play at Theatre Royal Windsor, returning the actor to a role he first performed fifty years ago. 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2019
A Contemporary Theatre announces its summer production of The Year of Magical Thinking written by acclaimed reporter, essayist, and literary icon, Joan Didion.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2019
A memory play in the vein of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, Chenango River Theatre is proud to produce the world premiere of the unforgettable comedy Incident At Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2019
Gloucester Stage Company continues its 40th Anniversary Season of professional theater with Patrick Barlow's witty mystery play The 39 Steps from July 5 through July 28 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. This award winning comic thriller adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow, from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and from the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock, premiered on Broadway in 2008. The 39 Steps has played in over forty countries world-wide, winning Olivier (United Kingdom); Helpmann (Austraila); Moliere (France) and Tony Awards. The play garnered the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy; the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design; the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience; the 2009 Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring Production; and the 2009 Moliere Award for Best Comedy.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2020
Scoot Theatre has announced the cast for their outdoor tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Joseph O'Malley (The 39 Steps, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Ben Hur - The Barn Theatre), made up of West End, National Theatre and RSC alumni.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2019
The ongoing alternate-history podcast BRASS premieres its third season this month. Recorded in Seattle, Washington and featuring a veteran cast of Pacific Northwest talent, the series follows the adventures of a quartet of Victorian science geniuses and their ongoing battle against a criminal mastermind known only as the Crime Minister.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2019
Pear Theatre's 2019-20 season opens in August with 'An Ideal Husband,' a searing comedy of virtue and moral inflexibility. Directed by Jenny Hollingworth, 'An Ideal Husband' previews on August 22, with press and Opening Night on Friday, August 23, followed by a champagne gala. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays through September 15. All performances are held at the Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.thepear.org or calling (650) 254-1148.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2019
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre today announces the cast for A Doll's House, the first production directed by Rachel O'Riordan in her inaugural season as Artistic Director. Written by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by the award winning Tanika Gupta, this new take on an old classic explores gender politics, ownership and race in 1879, Calcutta.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2020
413 Repertory's 2019-2020 Season continues with today's announcement of the complete cast and creative team of their dinner theater production of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband. Melissa Harkness will direct 413's production of Wilde's brilliantly witty and romantic classic. An Ideal Husband will run February 7 through February 29, 2020 at the Madeline Garden & Bistro in Pasadena, CA. Tickets start at $79.00 and are on sale now to the general public. All tickets include a full English high tea dinner.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2020
San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) announced today the cast and creative team for House of Joy, the fifth show in the theatre's 44th season. The production, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Sam Woodhouse, the theatre's Artistic Director, and Arpita Mukherjee, will run March 5 a?' 29, 2020, in San Diego REP's Lyceum Space Theatre, with previews March 5 a?' 10 and press opening on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2020
The Segal Centre will be kicking off 2020 with a unique theatrical experience that takes #selfcare to the next level - just in time to help keep those New Year's resolutions going! Directed by Segal Centre Artistic Associate Caitlin Murphy, the Montreal premiere of Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds will be in the Segal Centre Studio from February 9 to March 1, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2020
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2020
A brand new production of the classic thriller, Dial M for Murder, will run at Theatre Royal, Glasgow next month as part of UK tour.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2020
Huntington Theatre Company has announced the lineup of their 2020-2021 season of destination theatre that features an incredible range of compelling stories -culturally and artistically diverse - unified by the Huntington's commitment to vital, fresh and inclusive entertainment. From stories deeply rooted in Boston's history to star-studded classics, the next chapter in Huntington history is perhaps, the most exciting yet.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2020
San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) announced today the cast and creative team for House of Joy, the fifth show in the theatre's 44th season. The production, written by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Sam Woodhouse, the theatre's Artistic Director, and Arpita Mukherjee, will run March 5 – 29, 2020, in San Diego REP's Lyceum Space Theatre, with previews March 5 – 10 and press opening on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
Benjamin Law's debut play, Torch the Place, will have its world premiere on Friday 14 February at Arts Centre Melbourne, directed by Dean Bryant (The Lady in the Van).
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2019
A brand new production of the classic thriller, Dial M for Murder, tours the UK in 2020 opening at Richmond Theatre on Monday 13th January 2020. The genre-defining thriller - based on Frederick Knott's stage and screen play, made world-famous by Hitchcock's iconic 1954 film - will be directed by Anthony Banks.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2019
Martin Shaw, one of the UK's best loved stars returns to the stage in a new production of Patrick Hamilton's classic psychological thriller Gaslight, in the role of retired Detective Rough.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2019
The cast has been announced for the compelling and chilling true story, Fast. A psychological drama, laced with suspense, it follows the cult health professional Linda Hazzard, played by Caroline Lawrie (Peaky Blinders, BBC; An Ideal Husband, The Old Vic; The Master Builder, Theatre Royal Haymarket), whose cures had a shocking mortality rate. In a chilling parallel to our modern world of influencers peddling protein shakes and pills, Fast is the true story of Linda Hazzard who advocated a fasting cure that gripped the press and divided a nation.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
ActorsNET presents a staged reading of a new play by Emmy Awarda?"winning writer Christopher Canaan.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019
Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents the world premiere of Buzz by Susan Ferrara, on stage September 4 a?' 15, 2019. Directed by Emmy Award-winning actor Carrie Preston, the provocative new play will be performed in an alternative space, ensuring that every performance is a unique experience for the audience.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2019
ActorsNET launches its 24th season in September with Oscar Wilde's comedy, An Ideal Husband -- adapted and updated by director Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski and Charlotte Kirkby.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
Colm Feore will utter the first words on the Stratford Festival's newest stage, an echo of the inaugural performance in 1953, when Alec Guinness's opening speech in Richard III anticipated the a?oeglorious summera?? that was to come for Stratford. Feore, an internationally acclaimed stage and screen actor, is just one of a diverse company of accomplished actors who will present a repertory season of 15 productions in four remarkable theatres.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2020
The original cast recording of new musical My Brilliant Career is now available to stream on iTunes, Spotify and all major platforms.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2020
Town Hall Theatre has announced its new digital archive series. Take a glance at Town Hall's past! Town Hall is opening up our archives to share some of our past productions with audiences until we are able to safely open our doors again.   At Town Hall, our archival videographers recorded during a live performance with the feeling of an in-person viewing.