An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband,

by Oscar Wilde

Audio Theatre Workshop

Recording 1 and 2 August 2015

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!

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This version will be also offered as rehearsed reading on 21 February 2016.

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.

An Ideal Husband

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 - Melanie Zander

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: