Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful government minister well-off and with a loving wife. This is threatened when Mrs. Cheveley appears with evidence of a past misdeed.
- Geoff Noar as The Earl of Caversham,KG
- John Keen as Sir Robert Chiltern
- Bryn Thomas as Lord Goring
- Ros Greenwood as Lady Chiltern
- Ali Davenport as Mrs. Cheveley
- Sarah Leigh as Mabel Chiltern
- Sandra Thomas as Lady Markby
- Kirsty Hogarth as Lady Basildon
- Ruth Phelan as Mrs. Marchmont
- Stuart Bilson as Mr.Montford/ Phipps
- Craig Barrett as Viscount De Nancjac /James the footman
- Mark Rowlands as Mason (Butler to Sir Robert Chiltern)
Sale & Altrincham Messenger’s Review by Rick Bowen
The Ideal night out – sparkling Wilde comedy at the Garrick
Do you ever wonder what Oscar Wilde, had he been alive today, would have made of the recent MPs expenses scandal? He would have had a field day with it. By contrast I think he’s rather gentle with Robert Chiltern, a man who’s built his political career by selling a Cabinet secret. You feel Wilde, a man who likewise didn’t play by society’s rules, wants Chiltern to salvage his marriage and cling on to his spotless reputation in?An Ideal Husband. This sparkling comedy is currently being staged at Altrincham Garrick and is for me, the society’s best production of the season to date. John Keen and Ros Greenwood are exceptional as the under fire Chilterns and there are some priceless one liners to enjoy, most of which are delivered by the gloriously irreverent and ruthlessly cutting Lord Goring, played to perfection by Bryn Thomas. The exchanges between him and his father The Earl of Caversham (Geoff Noar) are pure comedy gold. But the performance of the evening comes from the elegant Ali Davenport as the blackmailer Mrs Laura Cheveley. Watching Chiltern squirm in her presence is a real pleasure but this is a woman who, as we later discover in the play, can’t lay claim to the moral high ground.
This is a masterpiece but you must be prepared to listen. Otherwise you’ll miss some brilliant, brilliant lines. Star Rating ★★★★
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