A thrilling dramatisation of the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde by his grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor.
14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Wilde’s career.
Less than 100 days later, he found himself a common prisoner sentenced to two years hard labour. So what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say?
Was he persecuted or the author of his own downfall? Using the actual words spoken in court, we can feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius – as this less than ideal husband was suddenly reduced to a man of no importance.
“Despite the tension of the trial, flashes of Wilde’s flippant wit shine through. How, demands Carson, can Wilde not regard his letters to Douglas as extraordinary? “I think everything I write is extraordinary.” Attaboy, Oscar.”
London Evening Standard
“For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play. The result is as good as being in the gallery”
This event is part of the Young Friend’s £5 ticket offer.
9 May 2019 7:30PM