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Trials of Oscar Wilde, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Trials of Oscar Wilde, The

John O'Connor, Merlin Holland

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Full Length Play, Drama

17m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573110115

By Merlin Holland and John O'Connor

This play can be performed in its entirety or each act can be performed as a stand-alone piece.

‘I delight in the society of people much younger than myself. I like those who may be called idle and careless. I recognise no social distinctions at all of any kind and to me youth – the mere fact of youth – is so wonderful that I would sooner talk to a young man half an hour than even be, well, cross-examined in court.’

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Minimum Fee: $45 / performance of single play, $75 / performance of full collection

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Full Length Play



120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play - Various settings


Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

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”

The Observer

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.



17m, 1f


Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting


The play can be performed with a minimum of three actors, a full complement of eighteen or anything in between.

John O'Connor

John O'Connor

John is an actor, director, writer and producer. He studied Drama at the University of Manchester before living and working in Japan. In 2002, he founded the touring theatre group European Arts Company (www.europeanarts.co.uk). Their first production was a British Council sponsored tour of Greece with Harold Pinter's THE DUMB WAITER & THE LOVER. Since then, the company has gone from strength to ... view full profile

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Merlin Holland

Merlin Holland

Merlin Holland, the only grandson of Oscar Wilde, is an author living in France. For the last thirty years he has been researching his grandfather's life and works and writes, lectures and broadcasts regularly on the subject in English, French and German. His publications include Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess, the first complete verbatim record of the libel trial which ultimately brought ... view full profile

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