Set in Paris in 1898, Will Govan plays an exiled Oscar Wilde looking back on his extraordinarily colourful life and ruminating on love, fame, family and misfortune with his infamous wit and irreverence in this hilarious but ultimately tragic story of a life.
The play draws on Wilde’s letters, essays and anecdotes to bring this literary genius to life in a 60-minute performance which will appeal as much to those who know little about the man as it will to those who admire his work.
This play has delighted audiences in hundreds of venues across the world, including the USA, Canada, India, Hong Kong, Uruguay, Zimbabwe, Bahrain and Ethiopia.
‘Titley balances Wilde’s almost dutiful humour with an unsentimental portrayal of his suffering in Reading Gaol, his bitter perception of man’s inhumanity to man. He also captures his character’s dignity in despair and the comedy makes the heartbreak of Wilde’s life even more poignant. It is a most moving effect.’ Evening Standard
‘Funny and melancholic.’ The Times
‘A hugely entertaining piece of theatre, bringing to the fore the irresistible genius of Wilde.’
Financial Times (India)
‘Delightfully entertaining.’ The Cornishman
‘Lovingly conjures a man exiled by a society that once lionised him.’ South China Morning Post
‘Charming and witty.’ Irish Times
‘Fine and genuinely moving.’ Festival Times, Edinburgh
‘I found myself finding out more about Wilde than any lecturer in an entire semester of school could teach. A highly intelligent piece of writing that I would gladly recommend.’ Ontario Arts Review
Age Guidance 11+
Running Time: 60 minutes, no interval