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Edward and Freddie Fox to star in An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre

Edward Fox, Sand in the Sandwiches

Casting news

CLASSIC Spring has announced that real-life father and son, Edward and Freddie Fox, are to play fictional father and son in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband which runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from April 20 to July 14, before opening the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season from July 18 to August 4, 2018.

Directed by Jonathan Church, An Ideal Husband also stars Frances Barber as Mrs. Cheveley.

Edward Fox will play the Earl of Caversham. Among his many stage and screen credits, he has appeared as Winston Churchill in The Audience (West End), with Helen Mirren, and performed T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets (Riverside Studios). Most recently on screen in Taboo (BBC), with Tom Hardy, Edward Fox is best-known for his performances in The Day of the Jackal and Edward & Mrs. Simpson (ITV). His screen credits also include A Bridge Too Far, The Dresser and Gandhi.

Freddie Fox will play Lord Goring. He previously played Wilde’s lover Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas in The Judas Kiss, opposite Rupert Everett (Hampstead Theatre/West End). His other credits include Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End), Cucumber (Channel 4), Banana (E4), Boy George (BBC) and The Three Musketeers. Following cast injuries, Freddie Fox took the role of Romeo to great acclaim in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet, with Lily James (Garrick Theatre).

Frances Barber plays Mrs. Cheveley. Best-known for her role as Caroline Warwick in Silk (BBC), her many screen credits include Mr. Holmes, Vicious (ITV), and Death in Paradise (BBC). Her numerous stage appearances include playing Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), Arkadina in The Seagull (RSC), and Julius in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse).

An Ideal Husband is Wilde’s sharp and witty exploration of corruption, blackmail and honour. Political sin enters the heart of the English home as ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s ascent to the top seems assured, until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery…

Classic Spring is a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole. The company is staging an unprecedented year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, including runs of all four of his major plays, plus a series of ‘interludes’ and ‘Wilde talks’ intended to give a complete picture of his life and work.

Next to open in the season is Guy Chambers’ new folk opera, The Selfish Giant. The production will be co-produced by Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and directed by multi-award-winning director Bill Buckhurst. The limited run of lightly-staged performances will run at Royal & Derngate April 4 to April 7, before moving to the Vaudeville from April 10 to April 14.

Read more about An Ideal Husband and The Selfish Giant.

Dates have also been confirmed for The Importance of Being Earnest. Widely considered one of the funniest plays in the English language, it will run from July 20 to October 20, 2018.