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An Ideal Husband - Rehearsed Reading

An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde
**Rehearsed Reading**

21 February 2016
West Side Theatre

In the summer of 2015, members of The ESOC Theatre Group took part in a 10-week audio workshop that was run for them by the Artistic Director of a professional theatre company. The result of this workshop is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic play, which has been produced as a free podcast for you to enjoy and will now be made available as rehearsed reading!

About the play
It’s London, 1895, and Sir Robert Chiltern is the very model of a moral Victorian gentlemen… or is he? Set in an aristocratic Victorian world, where the surfaces are sedate and the scandals are sensational, ‘An Ideal Husband’ is a tale of political corruption, blackmail and scheming – all set against a glittering High Society background. Combining all the wit and comedy of Oscar Wilde’s most brilliant dialogue, along with some powerful parallels to modern-day politics, this tale of love and betrayal, virtue and vice will capture your imagination - and carry you back to an era when all certainly was not what it seemed...

Audio Workshop
This audio production has been especially adapted from the original Oscar Wilde stage play, by Sarah Blake, and workshopped with the members of the ESOC Theatre Group, to bring to life all the drama, comedy and intrigue for an audio audience. A professional writer, actor & director, Sarah’s theatre company, Cabinets of Curiosity, is based in England and has won five-star reviews for its original shows and adaptations of classic works.

Directed by: Sarah Blake

Sir Robert Chiltern - Carlo Ghisi
Lady Gertrude Chiltern - Luke Lucas
Lord Arthur Goring - Donald Phillips
Mabel Chiltern - Asha Parmar
Lord Caversham - Rick Blake
Mrs Laura Cheveley - Sarah Blake
Lady Markby - Linda Morrey
Mason - Mark Grundy
Phipps - Rauno Ots
Lady Olivia Basildon - Rita Galhano
Mrs Margaret Marchmont - Nele Salveste

Crew and Credits
Sound effects were devised and performed by Mark Grundy, Rauno Ots and Asha Parmar

Sound editing and recording was by Chris Kling, at the Klangkantine in Darmstadt. For further details of Chris’ sound studio, visit:

The piano music excerpts are from Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 by Johannes Brahms, performed by Martha Goldstein and published by Pandora Records/Al Goldstein Archive.

This music is reproduced under the terms of it’s license – Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0

For details of Sarah’s work with Cabinets of Curiosity, visit: