literary adaptation of the play by Oscar Wilde

Performed in English

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1854. He attended Portora Royal School of Enniskillen, Trinity College of Dublin and Magdalen College of Oxford where, in November 1878, he graduated with the prestigious “Bachelor of Arts”. He became famous soon after, not only for his writing, but also for his peculiar attitude, such as walking in Piccadilly, London, holding a lily or a sunflower in his hand. His romantic life was very turbulent: he married Constance Lloyd in 1884, but the marriage failed after a few years. Then, he formed a relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas that brought publically to light his homosexuality and created a huge scandal in the Victorian society of that time. In 1895, he sued the Marquise of Queensberry for defamation, but without success. Then, he was successfully counter-sued, accused of being a homosexual, and was condemned to serve two years of forced labour in prison. It was a social and economic disaster. Released from prison in 1897, he returned to live in Paris, but his social fall from grace was intolerable. He fell ill and soon after died, destitute, in 1900.

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SEASON 2014 – 2015