Leading cast announced for An Ideal Husband

Edward Fox, Freddie Fox and Frances Barber confirmed for the Oscar Wilde play.

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Real life father and son Edward and Freddie Fox have been confirmed to play fictional family members in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Opening on the 20 April 2018 at London’s Vaudeville Theatre, the production will also star Frances Barber in the role of Mrs Cheveley.

An Ideal Husband is directed by Jonathan Church, running in the West End until the 14 July 2018.

Edward Fox will star as the Earl of Caversham. His stage credits include appearing as Winston Churchill in The Audience alongside Helen Mirren, and performing in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. TV appearances include Taboo with Tom Hardy, and performances in The Day Of The Jackal and Edward & Mrs Simpson.

Son Freddie Fox will play Lord Goring, having portrayed Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas, in The Judas Kiss. Theatre credits also include Travesties. Fox has been seen on screen in in Channel 4 productions Cucumber and Banana, as well as in feature films such as Pride and The Riot Club.

Frances Barber is best known for her role as Caroline Warwick in BBC series Silk, with screen and stage credits including Mr Holmes, Vicious, and Death In Paradise. Theatre credits also include Anthony and Cleopatra at Shakespeare’s Globe, Arkadia in The Seagull, and Julius in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar.

An Ideal Husband arrives at London’s Vaudeville Theatre as part of their year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde, which includes runs of all four of his major plays and a series of interludes and talks. Next to open in the season is Guy Chambers’ folk opera The Selfish Giant, directed by multiple award winner Bill Buckhurst.

The theatre is currently hosting Kevin Bishop, Samantha Spiro and Jennifer Saunders in the Kathy Burke directed Lady Windermere’s Fan, which plays until the 7 April 2018.

An Ideal Husband will then be followed by The Importance Of Being Earnest.

An Ideal Husband opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on the 20 April 2018. Tickets are on sale now through