Originally published in 1905, De Profundis is Wilde’s searing and passionate letter to his lover Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas, relaying their relationship and extravagant lifestyle. When Wilde was imprisoned in Reading for gross indecency, he was forbidden from writing any further works of fiction. However, he was permitted to write a letter by the prison governor – but not to send it.
De Profundis is performed live on stage by acclaimed actor, author and director Simon Callow, who has extensive stage and screen credits to his name. Previous one-man shows include A Christmas Carol, The Mystery of Charles Dickens and Being Shakespeare, whilst film and television appearances include The Rebel, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love.
Also a well-known author, Callow has written biographies of Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens, with titles including Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, Dickens’ Christmas and Oscar Wilde and his Circle.
Mark Rosenblatt (Bread and Butter, Henry VIII, Animal Wisdom) directs the production, which is adapted for the stage by Tony Award-winning playwright Frank McGuiness, whose other works include The Factory Girls and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me.
An incredibly interesting insight into Wilde and Bosie’s passion-filled relationship, De Profundis plays at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for strictly limited performances. The show runs at the London venue from 3 to 6 January 2018, followed by a revival of Lady Windermere’s Fan.
Recommended forSimon Callow fans should absolutely attend this production, which sees Callow take on the role of one of history’s most prolific playwrights. Those who enjoyed his stoic performance in last year’s A Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre will thoroughly enjoy De Profundis.
Age Recommendations: No under 5's