More2Screen will present the live cinema broadcast of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, June 5. This is the third play in the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s year long Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville Theatre and will be broadcast live by satellite to 420 cinemas across the UK and Ireland.
Directed by Jonathan Church, this entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. As an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems assured until Mrs. Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery. The talented ensemble cast includes real-life father and son Edward (The Audience, West End; The Day of the Jackal, ITV) and Freddie Fox (The Judas Kiss, West End; Cucumber & Banana, Channel 4; E4), Olivier Award-nominated Frances Barber (Silk, BBC; Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s Globe), Olivier Award-winner Nathaniel Parker (This House, West End; Wolf Hall, West End & Broadway), Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, BBC; King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Susan Hampshire (Forsyte Saga, Monarch of the Glen, BBC).
In March the live broadcast of Lady Windermere’s Fan scored a hit at the box office and with cinema audiences around the UK and Ireland, as well as further afield in Gibraltar, Germany and Malta. Each play from the Oscar Wilde Season is reaching a global audience with cinema screenings of the filmed productions in countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, India, Russia and the US, demonstrating the Victorian playwright’s enduring appeal.
On October 9 More2Screen will also broadcast The Importance of Being Earnest, the final production of Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season from the Vaudeville Theatre to cinemas nationwide.