This week at the Vaudeville Theatre previews start for a new production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. This is not a “Loose Women” debate on what makes an in ideal husband but a story of morality, blackmail and political corruption. Characterised by Wilde’s biting wit and sparkling humour An Ideal Husband is also a tender-hearted portrait of a marriage.
An Ideal Husband tells the story of Sir Robert Chiltern (Alexander Hanson), a highly successful government minister, who finds his reputation, career and marriage to the loving but idealistic Lady Chiltern (Rachael Stirling) is threatened by the arrival of the mysterious Mrs Cheveley (Samantha Bond). Confronted with a damning secret from his past, Sir Robert turns for help to his friend, Lord Goring (Elliot Cowan) an apparently idle philanderer, who himself has a history with Mrs Cheveley. Can Goring save his friend from ruin? And will Lady Chiltern be able to reconcile the man she loves with her expectations of an ideal husband?
This is a perfect play for drama and performing arts students to study and the complex and intricate character relationships make a lively debate. To discuss a trip to London’s West End and seeing Wilde’s masterpiece on stage contact European Study Tours today on 01992 512870, visit www.euro-study-tours.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition workshops are being run where students have the opportunity to experiment with acting and theatre techniques used in drama school training and by the cast in preparation for the show. Students explore the central themes and characters in the show through acting and performance exercises and scene studies in preparation for seeing the show live on stage.