London’s oldest theatre, The Rose Playhouse, leaves 2015 on a high with Gerard Logan’s celebrated monologue Wilde Without The Boy, a dramatisation of De Profundis, accompanied by The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
Gerard Logan brings his stage versions of Oscar Wilde’s work to The Rose Playhouse straight from the 2015 Edinburgh Festival where it played to packed houses.
A dramatisation by Gareth Armstrong of Oscar Wilde’s searing love letter to Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde Without the Boy is a dramatic interpretation of De Profundis, written to his lover from his cell in Reading Gaol.
Two years previously, Wilde had been imprisoned for acts of gross indecency with other males. Brilliant, loving, witty and passionate, the monologue is a glimpse into the humbled, bruised, loving soul of one of the greatest geniuses ever to have lived.
Logan also performs The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde’s heart-rending poem reflecting on his prison-sentence of two years’ hard labour, a fellow inmate’s hanging and the bestiality of man’s punishment of man.
Playing at The Rose Playhouse from December 7-12.
*The theatre, Bankside’s first and dating back to 1587, is an indoor archaeological site and, as such, has no heating. It is advisable to dress with at least one extra layer. There are also no toilets so theatre-goers must use those at Shakespeare’s Globe nearby.
Watch a trailer for Logan’s performance at London’s Tabard Theatre earlier this year.