Simon Callow Will Star in New Version of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis | Playbill

International News Simon Callow Will Star in New Version of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis Frank McGuinness penned the new stage adaptation.
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Classic Spring will present veteran actor Simon Callow in Frank McGuinness’ new stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis next year at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Directed by Mark Rosenblatt, the limited run will be presented for six performances January 3–6, 2018, as part of Classic Spring's year-long celebration of Wilde. Tickets will be priced at a special rate of £10–£35.

De Profundis is Wilde’s searing and eloquent meditation on his life, an address of love and reproach to his lover Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas. “Imprisoned in Reading Gaol and forbidden from writing works of fiction, Wilde,” according to production notes, “was permitted to write—though not to send—the ‘letter’ that became De Profundis 'for medicinal purposes’ by the prison governor.”

Callow’s recent stage credits include Being Shakespeare, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, and Inside Wagner’s Head. He currently leads the TV series The Rebel. His other screen credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, and Angels in America. He is also the author of several books, including Oscar Wilde and His Circle.

McGuinness is an acclaimed playwright, poet, and translator. He has won numerous awards and prizes throughout his career, including a Tony nomination (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me), an Irish PEN Award, and the French Order of Arts and Letters.

De Profundis will be presented between Dominic Dromgoole’s A Woman of No Importance, which closes December 30, and Kathy Burke’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, which begins previews January 12.

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PHOTO ARCHIVE: Oscar Wilde on the New York Stage

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