Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Wilde’s career. Less than 100 days later, he found himself a common prisoner sentenced to two years hard labour.
So what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say? Was he persecuted or the author of his own downfall? Using the actual words spoken in court, we can feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius - as this less than ideal husband was suddenly reduced to a man of no importance.
“Bons mots and barefaced lies. An astute drama that
Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor have based on the transcripts
of Wilde’s court appearances”
First presented by European Arts Company at the Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone on 3rd May 2014 before touring to 43 venues all over the UK.
It transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in London, opening on the 13th October 2014.