Ideal Husband at Hutt theatre
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.