Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Victorian (British and American)
Settings Of Play - London 1895 and Italy 1897
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Liam Neeson starred on Broadway in this compelling depiction of Oscar Wilde just before and after his imprisonment. Act One captures him in 1895 on the eve of his arrest. He still has a chance to flee to the continent but chooses to let the train leave without him. In the second act, Wilde is in Naples more than two years later, after his release from Reading Gaol. In exile, he is drawn to a reunion with his unworthy lover and a final betrayal.
"Intriguing....What Hare has done here is not to write a narrative but to offer a portrait of Oscar at the end of his once glittering tether.... The dialogue is urbane, stylish and frequently imbued with Oscar like flashes of humor and purplish poetic resonance. But the main thrust is for character and situation: a mood portrait of a fall from grace." - New York Post
"A moving evocation of the human spirit." - New York Daily News
"Shifts the heroic focus, emphasizing Wilde less as a martyr of sexual persuasion than as a martyr of love.... That the object of Wilde's love...is so clearly unworthy of it only makes the sacrifice more noble." - The New York Times
The Judas Kiss premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London on March 12, 1998 and then on Broadway on April 29 under the direction of Richard Eyre.