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An Ideal Husband - May 2012

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The play, takes place within 24 hours at the London homes of Sir Robert Chiltern and Lord Goring and centres around blackmail, corruption and personal and public morality. There are two letters. One reveals that Sir Robert Chiltern, a Foreign Office minister, originally made his fortune by selling secret government information. The other is a simple appeal for help written by Sir Robert’s wife to Lord Goring, which could be interpreted as a love letter. There is also a diamond brooch.

The mysterious Mrs Cheveley, who has the first letter, accidentally drops the brooch, which is then found by Lord Goring. Mrs Cheveley’s attempts to use the first letter to blackmail Sir Robert, then both Chilterns and finally Lord Goring are ultimately foiled when Lord Goring reveals that he knows Mrs Cheveley to have stolen the brooch. Just as Lord Goring recovers the first, truly incriminating, letter, Mrs Cheveley secretly makes off with the second.

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"The long-standing and highly professional Zurich Comedy Club has just pulled off another successful performance. Director Julie-anne Smith brought together a terrific ensemble piece which played to full houses every night. No detail was overlooked - the specially designed set, the colourful costumes, the perfect wigs and makeup and the entracte music all enhanced the wonderful acting. Oscar Wildes lesser-known play, An Ideal Husband, provided a treat for Zuirch audience members of all ages and nationalities. A tale of romance, intrigue, blackmail, misunderstanding, all spoken in perfect upper-class English by the cast of Swiss, American and British thespians. Bravo!"

DIRECTED by
Julie-anne SMITH

THE EARL OF CAVERSHAM, K.G
Paul BILTON

VISCOUNT GORING
Marc KEMPE

SIR ROBERT CHILTERN
Luke WALKER

VICOMTE DE NANJAC
Martin RUSSELL

MASON
Matthew MILLER

PHIPPS
Tom NAMOVICH

LADY CHILTERN
Ariane WILDBERGER

LADY MARKBY
Valery NIGGLI

THE COUNTESS OF BASILDON
Vera STUCKI

MRS. MARCHMONT
Christine EUSEBIO-ELLIS

MISS MABEL CHILTERN
Christina FLEISCHMANN

MRS. CHEVELEY
Sylvia DAY

  BEHIND THE SCENES
Production Co-ordinator
Tiina Palojärvi
Set Design
Firman Burke and Tim Purdue
Stage Manager
Ana Alvarez Requejo
Lighting Design
Andreas Stahl
Lighting Operators
Tom Hofmaenner, Jamie Langridge
Sound Design
Terry Menard
Sound Operators
Susan De Paul, Karen Siber, Deborah Somers
Prompters
Ray Bär and Beatrice Hungerbühler
Properties
Patricia Peggs with Janet Evard, Marianne Alewine, Alexandra zu Pappenheim
Costumes
Tania Khanschassoff with Claudia Bodmer and Angela David
Wigs
Christine Eusebio-Ellis, wigs by Atop
Hair and Make-up
Maureen Grimm with Paul Day and Valentina D’Alessandro
Front of House
Claudia Wicki with Cleo Blass, Deborah Marolf and Members of the Club
Block Bookings
Tricia Tomlinson-Schmid
Box Office
Phil Margolis and Members of the Club
Title Artwork, Collateral Ads, Print Materials & Programme
Tania Khanschassoff
Production Stills
Firman Burke
Additional Photography
Michael Bushkov & Olga Bushkova, Ana Alvarez Requejo
Publicity
Paul Bilton
Press Officer
Ana Alvarez Requejo