About the showDavid Hare's play 'The Judas Kiss' comes to the West End direct from a sell out season at the Hampstead Theatre, marking the venue's second West End transfer after 'Chariots of Fire' in 2012. Rupert Everett stars as Oscar Wilde in this brilliant piece that tells of the Victorian discrimination against Wilde's ill fated relationship with Lord Alfred Douglass, or 'Bosie'. The play is a labour of love for Everett who hopes to bring the story to a wider audience in order to finance a future film adaptation.
The play focuses on two significant moments in Wilde's later life. The first as Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment for his relationship with Bosie, and the second when he is released two years later and is betrayed by his former lover. Much is known about Wilde's early life and works, but Hare's play tells the often forgotten story of what happened to the writer and personality after the public had turned their back on him. Freddie Fox stars as Bosie, whose recent stage work has included the 2012 revival of 'Hay Fever' in the West End. Everett shot to fame in films such as 'My Best Friend's Wedding' but has established himself as a fine stage actor after roles in 'Pygmalion' at the Garrick Theatre and 'Blithe Spirit' on Broadway.
Who Should See It?The Judas Kiss is suitable for anyone who appreciates fine acting or enjoys a heartfelt and emotional story. The plot will be of interest to those who enjoy literature and the plays of Oscar Wilde, providing an interesting contextual frame in which to see his work. Due to the nature of the content, the play does include some scenes that are unsuitable for children and are of a more adult nature.
Oscar Wilde - Famous Victorian writer, wit and personality. We see him at two vulnerable moments of his life and come to understand a different side of his character. Played by Rupert Everett.
Lord Alfred Douglass (Bosie) - Wilde's lover who betrays him. Played by Freddie Fox.