Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Oscar Wilde’s career. Less than 100 days later he found himself a common prisoner and bankrupt, sentenced by the Crown to two years hard labour for homosexuality. But what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say? Was he harshly treated or the author of his own downfall? Using the actual words spoken in court, we can feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius – as this less than ideal husband was tragically reduced to a man of no importance.
Mappa Mundi give audiences a chance to see the real Oscar for the first time, fighting for his art as well as his life as we get a real sense of Oscar’s intellect at full stretch – his complexity, wit and deep humanity.
Co-written by John O’Connor and Merlin Holland; the grandson of Oscar Wilde.
A Theatr Mwldan Co-production supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.
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