From January fans of Oscar Wilde, David Hare and Rupert Everett will be flocking to the Duke of York’s Theatre where they will be able to witness the revival of “The Judas Kiss”. The show will see Everett play Wilde alongside Freddie Fox’s portrayal of Lord Alfred Douglas. As the play was celebrated by audiences upon release (and this production’s emergence on the stage of the Hampstead Theatre was met with a warm welcome by critics) it is likely that this is a show that will receive plenty of attention from London theatre fans prior to its opening in the New Year.
The story of “The Judas Kiss” centres on a turbulent time in the life of Oscar Wilde, when his relationship with Bosie (also known as Lord Alfred Douglas) makes way for his imprisonment for gross indecency. Though he has the opportunity to leave the country he is instead convinced to stay and fight for his name, subsequently leading to his imprisonment. After his time behind bars he meets Bosie again and eventually we follow the literary great as he becomes a lonely and broken man.
Whilst Everett and Fox play Wilde and Bosie, the other roles in the production go to Cal Macaninch, who plays Robert Ross, Ben Hardy, Kirsty Oswald, Alister Cameron and Tom Colley.
Rupert Everett has appeared in a wealth of shows over the years and was last seen in the West End in “Pygmalion” at the Garrick Theatre, whilst additional stage roles have included “Blithe Spirit” on Broadway and “Private Lives” in on tour in Italy. For the screen he has even more credits, having appeared in many movies over the decades. Recent examples include “Hysteria”, “St Trinian’s”, the “Shrek” movies, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” and more.
The Duke of York’s Theatre has a busy season ahead of it, with “The Judas Kiss” replacing 2012 shows like “Jumpy” and “Constellations”. It also has a high profile show to follow it as Zoë Wanamaker is set to bring “Passion Play” to the venue from May, so audiences have plenty of reasons to head to this part of the West End.
Meanwhile, “The Judas Kiss” is set to begin its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Thursday 17th January 2013 (previews from Wednesday 9th January 2013).
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 9th January 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 6th April 2013|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2hrs 30mins|
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