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An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband
Your Price: $12.95 CDN
Author: Oscar Wilde
Introduction by: Laurie Wolfe
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Series: Drama Classics
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2000
ISBN-10: 1854594605
ISBN-13: 9781854594600

About the Play:

An Ideal Husband is a full-length satirical comedy by Oscar Wilde. Sir Robert Chiltern, a newly married and upstanding politician, is threatened when a past scandal is revealed and he must turn to his old friend (who is his wife's former lover) for help, in Oscar Wilde's satire of politics and social intrigue.
 
Sir Robert Chiltern, a Government minister who built his fortune on a single dishonest act, is blackmailed by Mrs Cheveley, who wants his assistance in another dishonest scheme. Chiltern asks Lord Goring, the ne'er-do-well son of the Earl of Caversham, for advice, and Lord Goring, familiar (in several ways) with Mrs Cheveley, ultimately saves Chiltern's marriage and social position. By doing so, he ironically ends up married.

Cast: 6 women, 9 men.

What people say:

"Oscar Wilde's ability to satirise the hollowness of our social and political life remains remarkably undimmed." — Daily Express

"Hugely entertaining, a curious mixture of melodrama, Wilde's distinctive epigrammatic wit and sudden moments of deeper feelings.." — Daily Telegraph

About the Playwright:

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was already one of the best known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre. Between 1891 and 1895 he produced a sequence of distinctive plays which spearheaded the dramatic renaissance of the 1890s and retain their power today.

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