The Judas Kiss

by  David Hare

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 1f

A compelling depiction of Oscar Wilde just before and after his imprisonment.

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The Judas Kiss

by  David Hare

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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


Videos

  • BBC News with Rupert Everett on The Judas Kiss
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Keywords

Betrayal, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: London 1895 and Italy 1897
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

6m, 1f

OSCAR WILDE
LORD ALFRED DOUGLAS
ROBERT ROSS
ARTHUR WELLESLEY
PHOEBE CANE
SANDY MOFFATT
GALILEO MASCONI

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

David Hare

David Hare has been called "one of the great post-war British playwrights". Along with co-founding Portable Theatre Company and Joint Stock Theatre Group, he served as Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in London and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. His first play, Slag, was performed at the H ...

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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.

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