Also set to star in the hilarious comedy is Silk and Death In Paradise actress Frances Barber, who will play the role of Mrs. Cheveley. Directed by Jonathan Church, An Ideal Husband will preview from 20 April, playing until 14 July.
Edward Fox will play the Earl of Caversham. Among his many stage and screen credits, Edward has appeared as Winston Churchill in The Audience (West End), with Helen Mirren, and performed T.S. Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’ (Riverside Studios). He was most recently seen on screen in Taboo (BBC), with Tom Hardy, and is also well-known for his roles in The Day Of The Jackal and Edward & Mrs Simpson (ITV).
His son, Freddie, will play Lord Goring, having previously portrayed Wilde’s lover Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas in The Judas Kiss, opposite Rupert Everett (Hampstead Theatre and West End). Other credits include Travesties (Olivier Award nomination, Menier Chocolate Factory and West End), and Romeo in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo And Juliet (Garrick Theatre).
In An Ideal Husband, an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern, is on an assured smooth ascent to the top. Until Mrs Cheveley (Barber) appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery, that is.
An Ideal Husband is Wilde’s sharp and witty exploration of the corruption, blackmail and honour that ensues when political sin enters the heart of the English home.
Classic Spring is a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole. The company is staging an unprecedented year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, including runs of all four of his major plays.