“The Judas Kiss”: Rupert As Oscar Wilde

I agree with Michael Billington that ‘when David Hare’s play was first seen in 1998, it suffered from the miscasting of the central roles of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie).’ Billington continues: Now, in Neil Armfield’s fine revival, starring Rupert Everett (pictured) as Wilde, ‘it looks a much richer play – confirming Wilde’s aphorism that “a truth in art is that whose contrary is also true”. The Wilde that emerges is a multifaceted character: one who can either be admired for his uncompromising moral integrity, or pitied for his wilful capacity for self-destruction.’

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