Ideal Hus­band at Hutt the­atre

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Os­car Wilde had two big hits on the Lon­don stage in the early part of 1895.

An Ideal Hus­band was staged in Jan­uary and The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Earnest in Fe­bru­ary.

While the sec­ond play is the more fa­mous, the first is just as witty, stylish and en­ter­tain­ing. It will be the Hutt Reper­tory’s July pro­duc­tion.

Pok­ing fun at politi­cians and the up­per class is a sport that all can en­joy. Os­car Wilde’s clever di­a­logue takes this sport to new heights. He once de­scribed his work as ‘‘a del­i­cate bub­ble of fancy’’, adding that it treated ‘‘the triv­ial things of life very se­ri­ously and all the se­ri­ous things of life with stud­ied triv­i­al­ity’’.

Be­low its glit­ter­ing sur­face, An Ideal Hus­band ex­plores some im­por­tant sub­jects: the role of women in so­ci­ety, the hypocrisy of the aris­toc­racy and the need to for­give past ac­tions. This last theme proved sig­nif­i­cant in Wilde’s own life. Just a few months af­ter his two the­atri­cal tri­umphs, he found him­self on trial for ‘‘im­moral­ity and in­de­cent be­hav­iour’’ as a result of his gay re­la­tion­ship with Lord Al­fred Dou­glas.

The text of An Ideal Hus­band is brought to life on the Hutt Reper­tory stage by ex­pe­ri­enced direc­tor Ewen Cole­man and an en­er­getic cast. Fans of Down­ton Abbey and Up­stairs Down­stairs will par­tic­u­larly en­joy this show.

Per­for­mance dates are from July 4 till 14 at 8pm, ex­cept July 7 and 8 when per­for­mances will be at 3pm. There will be no per­for­mance on July 9. Pro­ceeds from the open­ing night on July 4 will be do­nated to Te Omanga Hos­pice. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $18 for se­nior cit­i­zens and stu­dents, and $15 each for groups of ten or more. Book­ings are on 939 7529 or hut­trep.co.nz/book­ings.

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