The Trials of Oscar Wilde

I saw The Trials of Oscar Wilde at the Dugdale Centre in north London. Produced by the European Arts Company, it was written by Merlin Holland (Wilde’s grandson) and John O’Connor, and was based on the transcripts of Wilde’s court appearances.

I’ve seen other dramas and read other stories about Wilde’s trial; this one stood out because it had the stamp of authenticity. Wilde was treated appallingly, and his trial reveals the hypocrisy and outwardly pious morality at the heart of Edwardian life. John Gorick is superb as the writer himself, while William Kempsell and Rupert Mason are strong as assorted policemen, barristers and evidence-givers.

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