An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde.  

20th - 28th October.  Rehearsals start w/c 4th September (possible read-through the week before.)  For further information, please contact the Director, Clare Howard, on 07847 333032 or clare@clarehoward.plus.com

Auditions - 

Sunday 30th April  (scripts available from 5.30pm) 6pm - 9pm

Tuesday 2nd May (scripts available from 7pm) 7.15-9.30pm

Sunday 7th May 10.30-1.15pm

Please email Jez with your preferred audition date at jez.pike@maddermarket.org

Characters

  • Lady Chiltern  27-30.  Educated, politically aware with high ideals and morals.  Loves her husband and believes him perfect.  "A woman of grave Greek beauty".   Acts 1, 2, 4
  • Sir Robert Chiltern 40, An ambitious and successful politician, hiding a secret, in love with his wife.  "Intensely admired by the few, and deeply respected by the many.  The note of his manner is that of perfect distinction with a slight touch of pride.  One feels that he is conscious of the success he has made in life.  The firmly chiselled mouth and chin contrast strikingly with the romantic expression in the deep-set eyes".                Acts 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Mrs Cheveley  30  The antithesis of the virtuous Lady Chiltern.  A calculating, witty villain.   "She looks rather like an orchid and makes great demands on one's curiosity.  In all her movements she is extremely graceful.  A work of art, on the whole, but showing the influence of too many schools."  Acts 1, 2, 3
  • Viscount Goring  34  Apparently superficial, he is witty, intelligent and good hearted.  In love with Mabel.  "He is clever, but would not like to be thought so.  A flawless dandy, he would be annoyed if he were considered romantic.  He plays with life, and is on perfectly good terms with the world.  He is fond of being misunderstood.  It gives him a post of vantage."        Acts 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Miss Mabel Chiltern, 20.  Sir Robert's sister.  Pretty, witty, intelligent and flirty.  In love with Goring.  "She has all the fragrance and freedom of a flower.  She has the fascinating tyranny of youth and the astonishing courage of innocence."  Acts 1, 2, 4
  • The Earl of Caversham, 70 Viscount Goring's father and a complete contrast to his son.  Archetypal Victorial gent.  Disapproves of Goring's levity and constantly hounds him to settle down, but is not without his soft side.  Acts 1, 2, 3
  • Lady Markby - 40s-60s Mrs Cheveley's respectable sponsor into the Chiltern's society, she represents a more old-fashioned type of Victorian lady.  "a pleasant kindly popular woman."   Acts 1, 2
  • The Countess of Basildon & Mrs Marchmont  20s-30s Chatty, affected society ladies.  "They are types of exquisite fragility.  Their affectation of manner has a delicate charm.  Watteau would have love to paint them."  Act 1
  • Vicomte de Nanjac, attache at the French Embassy  early 30s.  "a young attache known for his neckties and his Anglomania".  DOUBLE WITH
  • Phipps, Lord Goring's Servant.  "The distinction of Phipps is his impassivity. The Sphinx is not so incommunicable.  He is a mask with a manner" Acts 1, 3
  • Mr Montford - "a perfectly groomed young dandy" DOUBLE WITH
  • Harold, Lord Goring's Footman  Acts 1, 3
  • Mason, Butler to Sir Robert Chiltern   Acts 1, 2, 3
  • James,  Sir Robert's Footman   Acts 2, 4

 

Supernumary society ladies and gents

 

Please prepare one of these speeches in advance - you don't need to learn it. 

Lady Chiltern                       pg 48             "That makes no matter..."

Sir Robert Chiltern pg 53/54       "One night at dinner..."

Mrs Cheveley          pg 95             "I wonder what woman..."

Lord Goring                         pg 89             "That will do...."

Mabel Chiltern        pg 69/70       "I know dear...."

Lord Caversham    pg 91                         "Hum!..."

Lady Markby           pg 76             "And a very good thing too..."

(if you are auditioning for one of the other characters, please still have a go at one of these speeches.)

You will also be asked to work on one or two short scenes during the audition.