Real-life father and son, Edward and Freddie Fox, are to play fictional father and son in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband at London’s Vaudeville theatre.
The casting announcement was made by Dominic Dromgoole’s Classic Spring Company earlier today. Also starring, in the role of Mrs Cheveley, is Frances Barber.
Edward Fox will play the Earl of Caversham. Among his many stage and screen credits, Edward has appeared as Winston Churchill in The Audience (West End) and performed T.S. Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’ (Riverside Studios).
Most recently on screen in Taboo (BBC), with Tom Hardy, Edward is best-known for his performances in The Day of the Jackal and Edward & Mrs. Simpson (ITV). Screen credits also include A Bridge Too Far, The Dresser, and Gandhi.
Freddie Fox will play Lord Goring. He played Wilde’s lover Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas in The Judas Kiss, opposite Rupert Everett (Hampstead Theatre, West End).
Other credits include Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End), Cucumber (Channel 4), Banana (E4), Boy George (BBC) and The Three Musketeers.
Following cast injuries, Freddie stepped in to take the role of Romeo, to great acclaim, in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet, with Lily James (Garrick Theatre).
Frances Barber is best-known for her role as Caroline Warwick in Silk (BBC). Her many screen and stage credits include Mr Holmes, Vicious (ITV) and Death in Paradise (BBC).
Her numerous stage appearances have included playing Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), Arkadina in The Seagull (RSC) and Julius in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse).
Directed by Jonathan Church, An Ideal Husband will play at the Vaudeville Theatre from April 20 to July 14, before opening the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season on July 18 to August 4.