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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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by Stephi Wild - Sep 4, 2020
Theatre Royal Bath has announced that the main house will be reopening this Autumn with a collection of three modern classics.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 29, 2021
Artistic Director & CEO Brett Sheehy has unveiled his final season for Melbourne Theatre Company – a program of 11 stellar productions including both new Australian and critically acclaimed international works.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 1, 2021
Suzan-Lori Parks' White Noise will receive its European premiere at the Bridge Theatre, directed by Polly Findlay with a cast comprising James Corrigan, Ken Nwosu, Faith Omole and Helena Wilson.
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 28, 2021
Shakespeare's Globe has announced the full cast of Measure for Measure, directed by Blanche McIntyre and designed by James Cotterill. Opening the Winter Season on the 19 November in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 28, 2021
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the full cast of Measure for Measure, directed by Blanche McIntyre and designed by James Cotterill. Opening the Winter Season on the 19 November in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 25, 2020
Scoot Theatre have announced the cast for their festive production of A Christmas Carol, adapted and directed by Scoot Founder Max Hutchinson (As an actor - The Woman in Black in the West End, The 39 Steps at The Barn Theatre and The Hound of the Baskervilles at Jermyn Street).
by Stephi Wild - Oct 14, 2021
The Lehman Trilogy officially opens on Broadway October 14, at the Nederlander Theatre. Meet the cast and learn more about who is starring in the play here!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 14, 2020
Following the success of Noël Coward's Private Lives in September which raised £44,000 for the Royal Theatrical Fund, Lockdown Theatre today announces a live virtual table read of The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, in association with The Royal Theatrical Fund. The table read will take place via Zoom, followed by a live Q&A with the cast and director on Sunday 25 October at 7pm.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 5, 2020
Just eighteen hours after the end of the UK’s current lockdown, Bill Kenwright presents MARTIN SHAW and JENNY SEAGROVE in A.R. GURNEY’s Love Letters, directed by ROY MARSDEN, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 3, 2020
Riverside Studios today announced the first production of their 2020 Christmas season, scheduled to begin following the November lockdown. Norwell Lapley Productions' stage adaptation of Rod Campbell's family-favourite and much-loved picture book, Dear Santa Live, directed by Tim Wallers runs from 2 December until 24 December.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 17, 2021
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre announces full casting and production details for THE THANKSGIVING PLAY by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Laura Gordon. THE THANKSGIVING PLAY opens Saturday, November 20th at 8pm.
by A.A. Cristi - May 4, 2021
The Naples Players opened their doors again on April 28th with Calendar Girls in Blackburn Hall and An Ideal Husband on May 19th in their Tobye Studio Theatre. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 4, 2021
Following the success of Season 2:POWER, Season 3 will again include two 'seasons': Mainstage and Noire. Season 3 Mainstage shows are: The Red Lamp by Hilliard Booth, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and adapted by Scott Davidson, An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, and Sherlock Holmes adapted by Tim Kelly.
by A.A. Cristi - May 17, 2022
Live Arts Theater's 2021/22 reIGNITE Season closes with Dario Fo's hilarious political farce ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST in a translation by Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante, directed by Live Arts Artistic Director Susan E. Evans. ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST will have 12 performances, May 20 through June 5, at Live Arts Theater, 123 E. Water Street, in Charlottesville.
by Stephi Wild - May 14, 2021
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre have today confirmed initial principal casting for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which plays 31 July – 25 September.
by Stephi Wild - 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 Stephi Wild - Mar 4, 2022
Wise Children today announce that Liam Tamne joins the company as Heathcliff for the world première production of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights on 15 March, completing the run at the National ahead of the UK tour. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the show is a co-production with the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and York Theatre Royal.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 30, 2022
Lindsay Duncan stars alongside Hilton McRae and Emily Bruni in the UK tour of August Strindberg's The Dance of Death, adapted by Academy Award-winning playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz and directed by Arcola Theatre's Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 30, 2021
Spring is the ideal season. It's mild, cheerful, and perfect in nearly every way. (Barring allergies, of course, but we can't let stuffy noses spoil the fun, now can we?) So we at TSquared are marrying all the optimism with a reading of a play by the queen of Victorian comedy, Oscar Wilde. Join TSquared Production Company for an evening of class, love and wit on April 6th at 7pm. We're bringing you An Ideal Husband! 
by Stephi Wild - Mar 26, 2021
Bill Kenwright presents the anticipated return of A.R. Gurney's heart-warming play Love Letters to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited season of only 32 performances from 19 May – 13 June 2021.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 24, 2022
Melbourne Theatre Company's long-awaited production of The Heartbreak Choir will open on 29 April starring William McInnes (An Ideal Husband), Maude Davey (The Newsreader), Carita Farrer Spencer (Ladies in Black), Ratidzo Mambo (Escape from Pretoria), Emily Milledge (The House of Bernarda Alba), Louise Siversen (Noises Off) and Julian Weeks (Savage Rivers).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 18, 2021
Founding Artistic Director Akia, announced today that Rising Sun Performance Company has invited 8 new artists to join its resident ensemble company. These artistic relationships grew from the company’s internal artistic development programs and virtual programming last season. 
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 16, 2021
TSquared Production Company, founded by Tess Ammerman and T. Michael Vest, will usher in the spring with something old and something new. On March 25 at 7:30pm, TSquared and Unidentified Stages will present an online reading of Angelle Whavers' new play The Tea Party. On April 6 at 7pm, TSquared will present an online reading of Oscar Wilde's beloved classic An Ideal Husband. 
by A.A. Cristi - 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 A.A. Cristi - Jun 2, 2022
Ghostlight Ensemble will present its original adaptation of The Woman of Colour: A Tale - the story of a biracial heiress on her travels from Jamaica to England to marry as a condition of her father's will - at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the Berger Park Cultural Center.
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022
Simon Russell Beale has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for THE LEHMAN TRILOGY.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - 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 Virag Dombay - Jul 21, 2022
An Ideal Husband creates a commentary on the state of politics today whilst still being raucously funny and delightfully Wilde. In short, a theatrical feast.
by Marissa Tomeo - Jan 30, 2022
The City Theatre Company throws back the bite of winter and moves into sunny spring with Oscar Wilde’s most famous and popular comedy An Ideal Husband. Quick-tongued, lively, a merry-go-round of sparkling wit and daring humor at every turn brought to new life with panache from CTC’s guest director, Cris Skinner.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 18, 2022
3rd Act Theatre Company will present An Ideal Husband, written by Oscar Wilde, re-imagined, adapted, and directed by Kate Adams. An Ideal Husband is the Company's third Mainstage production of Season 3: UNKNOWN.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 13, 2021
The Naples Players kick off their 68th season of live theatre in April with the rousing comedy, Calendar Girls. Open auditions for Calendar Girls and the follow-up show An Ideal Husband are slated for Saturday, January 23, from Noon-4 p.m.
by BWW Awards - Jan 11, 2022
Winners have been announced for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Ft. Myers/Naples Awards. The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 23, 2022
City Theatre begins the 2022 spring theatre season with An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde's wickedly-witty comedy. Continuing February 24 – March 13 at Trinity Street Playhouse.
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 18, 2021
Today's episode features: Mark Deklin- probably best known for his role as the scheming Senator Jack Bowman on ABC (and now Netflix)’s “Designated Survivor.”
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 9, 2020
Just eighteen hours after the end of the UK’s current lockdown, Bill Kenwright presented MARTIN SHAW and JENNY SEAGROVE in A.R. GURNEY’s Love Letters, directed by ROY MARSDEN, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The play opened on 3 December 2020, the first day after the Prime Minister decreed that lockdown would end.
by BWW - Dec 6, 2021
Our readers set the nominees, and now voting is open for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Ft. Myers/Naples Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Ft. Myers/Naples Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 27, 2021
This is the last chance to vote for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Washington, DC Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Ft. Myers/Naples Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by BWW Staff - Dec 20, 2021
Time is running out to vote for for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Dallas Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 15, 2020
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the presentation of two grants funded by the Alan M. & Mildred S. Ravenal Foundation.
by BWW Staff - Dec 13, 2021
Our readers set the nominees, and now voting is open for the 2021 BroadwayWorld Ft. Myers/Naples Awards! The 2021 Regional Awards honor productions which had their first performance between October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 31, 2021
Irish Repertory Theatre announced today productions for their upcoming fall season, which will mark their return to in-person programming following the Covid-19 shutdown in March 2020.  
by Grace Cutler - Aug 14, 2022
Center Repertory Company launches its 2022-23 season with the hit musical play Always…Patsy Cline.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 26, 2022
Some of Melbourne's best-loved local choirs will join the upcoming season of Melbourne Theatre Company's long-awaited production of The Heartbreak Choir opening on 29 April.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 26, 2021
Ghostlight Ensemble will present the final play in its series on historically overlooked female playwrights, The Enchantment. The play by the Swedish writer Victoria Benedictsson is a fascinating examination of a woman's capacity for love and yearning for a sense of her own self.

An Ideal Husband Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of An Ideal Husband have their been?
An Ideal Husband has had 6 productions including Broadway which opened in 1918, Broadway which opened in 1996, Broadway which opened in 1996, West End which opened in 2010, West End which opened in 2018 and Boston which opened in 2020.

What Tony Awards has An Ideal Husband been nominated for?
Best Direction of a Play for Peter Hall and Best Revival of a Play for Bill Kenwright.

What productions of An Ideal Husband have their been?
An Ideal Husband has had 6 productions including Broadway which opened in 1918, Broadway which opened in 1996, Broadway which opened in 1996, West End which opened in 2010, West End which opened in 2018 and Boston which opened in 2020.

What productions of An Ideal Husband have there been?
An Ideal Husband has had 6 productions including Broadway which opened in 1918, Broadway which opened in 1996, Broadway which opened in 1996, West End which opened in 2010, West End which opened in 2018 and Boston which opened in 2020.