Award-winning actor Gerard Logan and top director and adapter, Gareth Armstrong, have paired two great pieces from Oscar Wilde for Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Wilde Without the Boy is a monologue from Logan being performed at the venue on June 4.
It features a dramatic interpretation of De Profundis, Wilde’s passionate letter to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, written from his cell in Reading Gaol two years after he was imprisoned for acts of gross indecency.
Also in the show is The Ballad of Reading Gaol, written after his release, a narrative poem which relates the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge for the murder of his wife.
Wilde had suggested it be first published in Reynold’s Magazine, “because it circulates widely among the criminal classes – to which I now belong – for once I will be read by my peers – a new experience for me”.
Brilliant, loving, witty and passionate, Wilde Without the Boy is a glimpse into the humbled, bruised, loving soul of one of the greatest geniuses ever to have lived.
Gerard Logan has played leading classical and contemporary roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he received an Olivier Award nomination, and the National Theatre.
He won The Stage Best Solo Performer Award at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival for his performance in The Rape of Lucrece, previously seen at the SJT.
Director Gareth Armstrong has developed and directed many hugely successful solo shows including his own award-winning play Shylock at the Edinburgh Festival.
See a preview from Gerard Logan at an earlier show: