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The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Galleries of Justice, High Pavement, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1HN
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Thursday 29 May 2014 from 7:30pm to 10pm
 

‘I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws' – Oscar Wilde

Thursday 14th February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Oscar Wilde’s career. Four days later, he arrived at his club to find a card from the Marquis of Queensberry which was famously misspelt: ‘To Oscar Wilde – posing as a Somdimite’. Egged on by his lover (and Queensberry’s son) Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde took legal action against the Marquis who was arrested for criminal libel. So began a dizzying series of events which saw Wilde go from prosecutor to defendant to disgraced prisoner in less than 100 days.

But what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say? Was he harshly treated or the author of his own downfall?

Written with Merlin Holland (who is Oscar Wilde’s grandson and acclaimed author of ‘The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde’) the play is based on the original words as spoken in court. At last, the audience can feel what it was like to be in the company of a genius, as this less than ideal husband was tragically reduced to a man of no importance.

Touring to 45 venues all over the UK from May to July 2014, the Galleries of Justice Museum is proud to present this show, which is supported by Arts Council England through the Grants for the Arts scheme and by Unity Theatre Trust.

Tickets: £15 adult, £13 concession,  Booking essential.
 
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by telephone on 0115 9520555 or by email to info@galleriesofjustice.org.uk

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