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Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing pretty seriously. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The original Broadway production of "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde opened at the Lyceum Theatre on March 12, 1895. Broadway revivals were produced in 1918 and 1996. See more »

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An Ideal Production

While "An Ideal Husband" makes for enjoyable viewing, despite the Wildean witticisms, it's a notch below "Lady Windemere" and "Earnest". The themes of trust, reputation and pride are well essayed and yet when all is said and done the lasting impression is something of a pleasant and enlightening trifle.

To make more of it, fine acting is required. Oliver Parker's 1999 surprisingly successful version had Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Julianne Moore delivering competent performances and yet it still failed to elevate the play above its intrinsic quality.

This 1969 BBC production does just that. With a uniformly excellent cast, Wilde's play receives the best possible treatment. Jeremy Brett from the very first shot is spot on as Lord Goring. Dinah Sheridan and Keith Michell lend a depth to their roles while Susan Hampshire provides some light comic moments. Margaret Leighton, in one of her all too rare screen performances simply makes the part of Mrs.Chevely her own.

Reissued in a box set of the BBC Wilde collection, this is a must for all his fans.


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