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Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband

Melbourne Theatre Company presents
Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband
16 July - 18 August 2018 | Playhouse

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.

The incomparable Gina Riley (Kath & Kim), as the grand Lady Markby, leads a stellar cast including Simon Gleeson (Les Miserables), Michelle Lim Davidson (Utopia), Christie Whelan Browne (Born Yesterday) and William McInnes (The Last Man Standing) in this timeless classic, directed by MTC Associate Director Dean Bryant.

The most effervescently serious comedy Wilde ever wrote, as well as one of the funniest.
The New York Times

Runs like an intricately plotted noir thriller with a fine coating of wit.
The Daily Express

16 July - 18 August
Performances for 13 - 18 August are currently only available for MTC Subscribers.

Monday 16 Jul
8:00 PM
Tuesday 17 Jul
8:00 PM
Wednesday 18 Jul
8:00 PM
Thursday 19 Jul
8:00 PM

Opening Night
Friday 20 Jul
8:00 PM

Monday, Tuesday
6:30 PM
1:00 PM, 8:00 PM
Thursday, Friday
8:00 PM
2:00 PM, 8:00 PM

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