Role: Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas
Director: Neil Armfield
Run: March 22 – May 1, 2016 (Mirvish Theatre), May 11 – June 12, 2016 (BAM Harvey Theater )
Running time: 140 minutes
Co-stars: Rupert Everett, Cal Macaninch, Elliot Balchin, Alister Cameron, Jessie Hills, Tom Coley
Act 1: London, 1895
Oscar Wilde’s spoiled and impetuous young lover Bosie has succeeded in instigating Wilde to sue Bosie’s father in court for insulting him as a “sodomite”. The loss of the suit opens the way for Wilde being criminally indicted for gross indecency. Wilde has tacit government permission to flee the country to avoid arrest, trial, and imprisonment, but the childish Bosie insists that he stay and defend their honour.
Act 2: Italy, 1897
Wilde is doing the one thing his friends wanted him to avoid, namely reuniting with the unbelievably selfish Bosie after his difficult two-year incarceration. Wilde, a broken man, is holed up in exile from the UK in a rat-infested hotel in Naples.