The play explores human frailty and social hypocrisy. Sir Robert Chilton is accused of exploiting government secrets for his own gain early in his political career. With this revelation comes the threat of blackmail and the ruin of his career. But, to be a successful blackmailer, one’s own reputation must be beyond reproach.
Adapted for the radio and produced by Richard Edwards, October 2005.
Soundstage Communications production.
Duration: 120 minutes
The persons of the play:
- The Earl Of Caversham, K.G.
- Miss Mabel Chiltern
- Lady Chiltern
- Sir Robert Chiltern
- Lord Goring
- Lady Markby
- The Countess Of Basildon
- Vicomte De Nanjac
The scenes of the play
- Act I. The Octagon Room in Sir Robert Chiltern’s house in Grosvenor Square.
- Act II. Morning room in Sir Robert Chiltern’s house.
- Act III. The Library of Lord Goring’s house in Curzon Street.
- Act IV. Same as Act II.
Time: The present
Place: London. The action of the play is completed within twenty-four hours.