In the spring of 1895, Oscar Wilde was larger than life. His masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest was a hit in the West End. He was the toast of London, yet by summer he was serving two years in prison for gross indecency.
The scene is the Cadogan Hotel in 1895, where Wilde gathers his thoughts after losing a libel suit against the Marquess of Queensbury, the father of his lover Alfred Douglas, aka Bosie. The Marquess, enraged by the couple’s recklessly public and, in Victorian society’s view, amoral affair, openly insulted the writer and thus a lawsuit ensued. Now the defeated writer struggles with a burden of conscience — flee to France to escape persecution or stay and stand his ground, even when Bosie’s love is fickle and inconstant.
Arguably one of Sydney’s best directors, Iain Sinclair (Our Town, All My Sons, The Seed) will direct a brilliant cast lead by the charismatic Josh Quong Tart (The Lion King, Our Town, Underbelly Badness) as Oscar Wilde. The supporting cast includes Robert Alexander (The Tempest, Machinal), Luke Fewster (The Mars Project), Simon London (Doctor Doctor, The Pride), Hannah Raven (Burlesque Idol 2016 winner, Edgars Girls), David Soncin (The House of Ramon Iglesia, Infinity Taster) and Hayden Maher (Harmony, Sunset People) as Lord Alfred Douglas.
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