Fans of Oscar Wilde and courtroom dramas will get to experience the playwright’s 1895 trial when the court transcripts are brought to life in the highly acclaimed play, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, which heads to Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 25 April to Saturday 27 April.
Written by Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland, and presented by European Arts Company, The Trials of Oscar Wilde tells the story of how on 14 February 1895 – at the height of his career – celebrated Irish writer, Oscar Wilde, cheered the opening night of his play, The Importance of Being Earnest. However, less than 100 days later he was sentenced to two years’ hard labour after being found guilty of indecency. Wilde was gay – an offence until the 1960s. Now this thrilling dramatisation of the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde explores what happened during those trials – using the actual words spoken in court – and asks if Wilde was the author of his own downfall.
Audience members can enjoy a post-show chat following Thursday night’s performance.
The Trials of Oscar Wilde will be at Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 25 April to Saturday 27 April. To find out more, or to book call the Box Office on 01962 840 440.