Tuesday 31 July, 6.30pm
Saturday 4 August, 2pm
Playhouse. Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets (03) 8688 0888 please ensure you mention Audio description when booking
Successful politician Sir Robert Chiltern has it all – money, power and the love of his adoring wife. But when the mysterious Mrs Cheveley threatens to expose a dark secret from his past, will his reputation, career and marriage be ruined?
In Oscar Wilde’s effervescent society drama, dukes, dandies and unmarried daughters gather in drawing rooms to sip tea, exchange gossip and flirt. Comically ravishing characters engage in witty repartee, holding a mirror up to late-Victorian society values. However, this story is more than a humorous battle of the sexes. Insider trading, political corruption, hypocrisy and blackmail hold the intrigue in a comedy, that for all its touches of melodrama and farce, offers poignant insights into human frailty.
The incomparable Gina Riley (Kath & Kim), as the grand Lady Markby, leads a stellar cast including Simon Gleeson (Les Misérables), Michelle Lim Davidson (Utopia), Christie Whelan Browne (Born Yesterday) and William McInnes (The Last Man Standing) in this timeless classic, directed by MTC Associate Director Dean Bryant.