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Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband now in previews at the Shaw Festival

Scandals used to lend charm, or at least interest, to a man — now they crush him.

Media Release #9

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, April 14, 2010…. An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde’s social satire centred around blackmail and political corruption, repentance and forgiveness, is currently in previews at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell directs her favourite Wilde work “where virtually every character is revealed to be not at all what they seem”. Relevant today as it was in 1895, An Ideal Husband is a deliciously entertaining Wilde ride peppered with Machiavellian twists, sharp-witted banter and a couple of love stories along the way.

When Fate catches up to Government Minister Sir Robert Chiltern in the form of a mysterious woman with a revealing letter; a choice must be made between public scandal and the private shame of his righteous wife. An Ideal Husband features Patrick Galligan as the ideal husband in question, Sir Robert Chiltern; Catherine McGregor as the good wife Lady Chiltern; Moya O’Connell as the conniving Mrs. Cheveley; and Steven Sutcliffe as Lord Goring, the Wildean dandy and faithful friend of the Chilterns.

Also featured are Lorne Kennedy, Marla McLean and Wendy Thatcher, with Anthony Bekenn, Wade Bogert-O’Brien, Krista Colosimo, Jonathan Gould, Ali Momen, Kelly Penner, Cherissa Richards, Ben Sanders and Jenny L. Wright.

Designed by Judith Bowden, An Ideal Husband’s production team also includes lighting design by Lighting Design Director Kevin Lamotte and original music/sound design by John Gzowski. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Judy Farthing and Assistant Stage Manager Dora Tomassi.

An Ideal Husband began preview performances Friday, April 9, opens Wednesday, May 26 and plays in repertory until Sunday, October 31. An Ideal Husband is sponsored by CIBC. 


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