A Wilde week planned for St James Studio

Wilde Without The Boy

Wilde Week, a week-long celebration of the life and work of Oscar Wilde, takes place at London’s St James Studio from July 7-12.

The week will include three new productions which dramatically recount Wilde’s swift and painful fall from grace and subsequent imprisonment.

there will also be a condensed version of Wilde’s most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest, which opened in 1895 at the old St. James Theatre.

It was only four days later that the Marquess of Queensberry left his calling card at Wilde’s club inscribed “For Oscar Wilde, posing sodomite.”

The slur incited Wilde to sue for libel and 15 weeks after the opening of Earnest Wilde was jailed.

The condensed version of The Importance of Being Earnest will take place July 7-10) at lunchtimes and also early evening at 6.15pm Monday to Thursday and 5.30pm on Friday.

Butterfly Theatre return to the St. James Studio for another round of riotous “bite-size” comedy.

Bring your own cucumber sandwiches and join the love-struck Jack Worthing, the feuding Cecily and Gwendolyn and the indomitable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy caper.

The comedy will provide you with a spring in the step to return to work or conquer the commute home.

Wilde Without The Boy, a dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, will be performed on July 8/9pm (8pm).

Oscar Wilde’s profound and intimate letter to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, is dramatised and directed by the award-winning Gareth Armstrong.

It will be performed by Gerard Logan whose powerful performance will give a glimpse into the bruised, loving soul of one of the greatest geniuses to have ever lived.

Logan will go on to perform The Ballad Of Reading Gaol on the same nights at 9.30pm.

The poem was written by Wilde after his release from Reading gaol where he served two years’ hard labour having been convicted of homosexual offences in 1895.

Gareth Armstrong dramatised and directs the poem which narrates the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge, who was convicted of murdering his wife, moving from an objective story-telling to Wilde’s juxtaposition of the executed man with himself.

Merlin Holland

The Trials Of Oscar Wilde take place July 10-12 at 8pm.

A dramatisation of the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895, the play is based on the original words spoken in court.

Co-written by John O’Connor and Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland, the editor of Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar, and directed by Peter Craze.

Oscar Wilde:The Downfall Of A Decadent takes place on July 11/12 at 6.30pm.

Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde’s only grandson, biographer and champion of his work, will be making a rare appearance in this informal talk where he questions whether it was Wilde’s homosexuality alone which brought him down.

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