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The Trials Of Oscar Wilde
On from 15 Jun 2014 till 15 Jun 2014
Greenwich Theatre
by Merlin Holland, Presented by European Arts Company
Genre(s): Classic

Tickets: £16.00 / (£13.50 concessions)

About: The Trials Of Oscar Wilde

'I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws.' Oscar Wilde

Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Oscar Wilde's career. Four days later, he arrived at his club to find a card from the Marquis of Queensberry which was famously misspelt: 'To Oscar Wilde – posing as a Somdimite'. Egged on by his lover (and Queensberry's son) Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde took legal action against the Marquis who was arrested for criminal libel. So began a dizzying series of events which saw Wilde go from prosecutor to defendant to disgraced prisoner in less than 100 days.

But what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say? Was he harshly treated or the author of his own downfall? Written with Merlin Holland (who is Oscar Wilde's grandson and acclaimed author of 'The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde') the play is based on the original words as spoken in court. At last, the audience can feel what it was like to be in the company of a genius, as this less than ideal husband was tragically reduced to a man of no importance.

This production of The Trials of Oscar Wilde is presented in aid of Stonewall, with 30% of the box office receipts going towards the charity.

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