An ideal husband | Play | Ivan Vazov National Theatre
10 September, Tuesday 19:00 Main stage

An ideal husband

02 h 40 m (with interval)
Age restriction
Not suitable for persons under 12

Production team:

Set Designer
Elena Ivanova
Costume designer
Elena Ivanova
Rumen Tsonev
Anna Pampulova


by Oscar Wilde



Krasimira Todorova


Thierry Arcour

Scenography and costumes:

Elena Ivanova


Rumen Tsonev


Anna Pampulova


Life is too important to talk seriously about it, said Oscar Wilde with his inherent wit. And where does one stand on ideal? The ideal of life? The ideal of a man, the ideal of a woman? In his magnificent comedy "An Ideal Husband" Oscar Wilde entangled a complex intrigue of blackmail, glamorous present and dark past, friendship and love, fidelity and betrayal to prove that the truth is seldom clear and never simple. Everyone in the English Higher society is convinced that Sir Chiltern is an example of integrity, the perfect husband, and the ideal man. But the circumstances put in front of him the beautiful Mrs. Cheveley, who most charmingly, wants him to do quite charmless deeds. "An Ideal Husband" represents all this and much more fun intrigue and comic situations with brilliant humour and insight.

"An Ideal Husband" - light comedy with serious content

The ideal. The ideal for life. The ideal of man, the ideal of woman. The ability to distinguish your own ambition and the ambition of those close to you from the rigid appearance of the impossible striving to preserve the Ideal at all costs!

I think that comedy is a great weapon that approaches a critique of our society. In it, laughter brings with it the discomfort and pleasure of seeing others make your mistakes, and it is also a conduit for a political lesson ever present in the works of Oscar Wilde. Although the time and culture are different from the time and culture in our world now, in this play Oscar Wilde talks about corruption, but also about respect for others, which should not be mixed with the blind desire to subordinate others to one's wishes, but also for the price we all have to pay for our actions!

It has always seemed to me that theatre is an extraordinary means of communication. The charm and magic of theatre is that a group of people come together to follow and recreate a story told by another group of people. And through the illusion thus created, a new truth is born and a kind of correspondence with everyone's life.

Oscar Wilde's freedom and courage are manifested both in and through paradox. He asks what love is when that love does not accept the beloved being as he is. He also asks whether our errors of judgment and judgment must be paid such a high price. It also asks whether each person is not made of an artfully mixed mixture of qualities and defects.

In his play, Oscar Wilde also puts to the test all human relationships such as man-woman, father-son, and friendship, and praises lightness, frivolity, and freedom of spirit.

Life is too important to talk seriously about, he used to say.

I wanted to play with the dual image of the mirror, which reflects us as we are, but also slightly deformed, and reminds us that the image is fleeting and possibly less important than the content of a thought, and also the danger of the relationship between them. I wanted to show the rough and raw mechanisms to emphasize the fragility of sophistication.

Thierry Arcour



PhD Svetlana Pancheva

Assistant Director:

Olga Nedialkova

Design of poster:

Nikolay Dimitrov NAD

Design of program:

Yanina Petrova


Stefan N. Shterev


Premiere: 18th of May 2007

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