Packed with an appetising international cast, not too much can go terribly wrong in an ingenious, amusing leg-pull on the earnestness of being important.
A play like Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband works because it takes place in a society bound by inflexible rules and social inhibitions.
This is a slavishly faithful period adaptation, whose strengths lie in the sparkling dialogue and a string of polished performances.
The plot has all the twists and turns of a David Mamet effort, yet remains surprisingly easy to follow.
At the heart of Oscar Wilde's uncannily prescient comedy of manners, in which public scandal and private heartache are inevitablyintertwined, lie Lord and Lady Chiltern...