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Ideal Husband (version 2)

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By: (1854-1900)

In Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband," readers are taken on a journey through the complex lives of the characters as they navigate themes of marriage, morality, and reputation. Set in London's high society, the story follows the lives of Sir Robert Chiltern and his wife Lady Gertrude Chiltern, whose seemingly perfect marriage is tested when a scandal from Sir Robert's past threatens to ruin his political career.

Wilde's witty and satirical writing style shines through in this play, as he explores the consequences of past mistakes and the lengths people will go to protect their image. The characters are richly developed, with flaws and complexities that make them feel authentic and relatable.

What sets "An Ideal Husband" apart is its timeless relevance. The themes of honesty, forgiveness, and the importance of being true to oneself are as pertinent today as they were when the play was first performed in 1895. Wilde's clever dialogue and sharp social commentary add depth to the narrative, making it a thought-provoking and engaging read.

Overall, "An Ideal Husband" is a captivating exploration of morality and societal expectations, delivered with Wilde's trademark wit and charm. It is a must-read for fans of classic literature and anyone interested in exploring the complexities of human nature.

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The "Ideal Husband" of the title is Sir Robert Chiltern, with his equally upright wife Lady Chiltern. He has never committed a crime, never had a "past" and never bowed to corruption or influence, or so she thinks... The disreputable Mrs Cheveley is about to appear and try her hand at both politics and blackmail - can the Chilterns come through the encounter with both public and private honour intact? And what about Miss Mabel Chiltern's roguish beau, Lord Goring? What does he have to do with all of this? Oscar Wilde's witty comedy of manners, trust and politics shows human nature in a typically merciless light. The main themes are blackmail, political corruption and the uses and abuses of power both in politics and in private life. Quote from the play: “It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.” Cast List: The Earl of Caversham: Alan MapstoneVicount Goring: Rob MarlandSir Robert Chiltern: Tomas PeterLady Chiltern: Beth ThomasMrs Cheveley: Eva DavisMiss Mabel Chiltern: Leanne YauLady Markby: TJ BurnsLady Basildon: FoonMrs Marchmont: Hope KVicomte de Nanjac: KurtMr Montford/Harold: DrPGouldMason: Zames CurranPhipps: NemoNarration read by: MichaelMaggsAudio edited by: Rob Marland


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 13, 2017
Enjoyed well done
Reviewer: - March 11, 2015
Subject: Well done
I don't usually like books read as skits with all the characters by different people. But this was good. I was worried by mrs. Chevelys voice. I had heard her before and it was not good. But it was fine. And it's a good story.


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