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De Profundis

H.M. Prison, Reading
Dear Bosie, After long and fruitless waiting I have determined to write to you myself, as much for your sake as for mine, as I would not like to think that I had passed through two long years of imprisonment without ever having received a single line from you, or any news or message even, except such as gave me pain.  

Oscar Wilde’s letter to Lord Alfred Douglas relates Wilde and Bosie’s relationship and extravagant lifestyle which eventually led to Wilde's conviction and imprisonment for gross indecency.  

Read live on stage by a single actor, Wilde’s words and wisdom sing from the page of this letter written from his prison cell.  

Adapted for the stage by Frank McGuinness (The Factory Girls, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me), acclaimed Irish playwright, poet and translator. McGuinness has won numerous awards and prizes throughout his distinguished career, including a Tony Award, an Irish PEN Award and the French Order of Arts and Letters.
Directed by Mark Rosenblatt (Bread and Butter, Henry VIII) Associate Artist at West Yorkshire Playhouse (Richard III). 


404 Strand, London

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Estimated running time 1 hour 20 minutes, with no interval.

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Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH 

Vaudeville Theatre

404 Strand, London

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  • De Profundis

    27 February 2018

    Brilliant performance of a brilliant adaptation.

    Christine Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • defrofundis

    9 January 2018

    simon callow was magnificent!

    silvia lawson johnston Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Awesome, moving performance

    8 January 2018

    Simon Callow was an absolute pro delivering this performance. I wasn't sure how it would be performed but I needn't have worried with it in his hands. It was moving, funny and very entertaining. I'm looking looking forward to the rest of the season.

    Jules Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Intense monologue

    8 January 2018

    Simon Callow took to the stage to deliver this intense and moving monologue, detailing Oscar Wilde's letter to Bosie from prison. With just a chair and a spotlight he spoke for an hour and a half, relaying the joy, love, sadness and anger of their relationship. A short run which must have been demanding on the actor but well worth seeing.

    Debbie Confirmed ticket purchaser

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