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REVIEW: The Trials of Oscar Wilde at Theatre Royal Windsor

Terry Adlam

REVIEW:  The Trials of Oscar Wilde at Theatre Royal Windsor

Found transcripts of the1895 trails obtained by Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland, who included them in his book ‘Irish Peacock and Scarlett Marquess’ that subsequently led to a collaboration with director and co-writer John O’Conner are the backbone of this play.

Split into two acts covering the libel and criminal trials, I found this a rather static piece of theatre, though thanks to a well-crafted script and some versatile multi-character acting from Rupert Mason, Benjamin Darlington and Patrick Knox and a strong lead, I also found it rather compelling.

John Gorick performance as Wilde was excellent, not only capturing the flamboyancy and linguistic dexterity and erudite witticism of the man, but also the anguish and desperation over a flippant remark on his part that went some way in giving the prosecution enough to warrant his incarceration.

I’m not really a courtroom drama fan, but as a historical re-enactment, I was fascinated.


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