JUDAS KISS by David Hare, starring Rupert Everett, at BAM, May 11-June 12, 2016


by David Hare
directed by Neil Armfield


May 11, 2016—June 12, 2016



“Rupert Everett was born to play Oscar Wilde...” —The Telegraph (UK)

“...a rich, resonant piece of writing, which at last boasts the ideal cast.” —Evening Standard (UK)

“David Hare’s vision of two moments in Oscar Wilde’s downfall finds its definitive star in Rupert Everett” —The Times (UK)


In the spring of 1895, Oscar Wilde was larger than life. His masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest was a hit in the West End; he was the toast of London. Yet by summer he was serving two years in prison for gross indecency.

Celebrated film and stage actor Rupert Everett captures the brilliant gay aesthete in the Hampstead Theatre production of lauded playwright David Hare’s (Skylight, The Hours) 1998 play, courtesy of Chichester Festival Theatre and directed by Neil Armfield (The Diary of a Madman, 2011 Spring Season). Taking as its inspiration the “love that dare not speak its name”—Wilde’s adoration for Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas—The Judas Kiss captures the before and after of Wilde’s downfall: cajoled by Bosie into an ill-fated trial, then destitute and in exile in Naples following his imprisonment. The result is this multidimensional study of an icon faced with annihilation, still cleaving with remarkable sincerity to his ideals of beauty “above everything, and in all things.”

Set design by Dale Ferguson
Lighting design by Rick Fisher
Costume design by Sue Blane
Sound design by Paul Groothuis
Composed by Alan John

Chichester Festival Theatre in association with Robert Fox, Theatre Royal Bath Productions, and Hampstead Theatre Productions

The Judas Kiss (Acting Edition) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780573626654
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Published: Samuel French, Inc. - January 10th, 1999

The Judas Kiss: A Play Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802135728
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 1998