FiltersShow / Hide
- All Events
- Theatre & Shows
- Days Out
- Anywhere In The UK
- Location: Anywhere in the UK
Radius: ... miles
This event has been and gone!
Catch the next one:
Check out the info below for future tour dates, and track them to receive alerts when they tour near you
Why did one of the most celebrated men of the nineteenth century go to a complete stranger for advice when his life was at a critical turning point? That’s the intriguing question posed about poet and playwright Oscar Wilde in professional drama “In Extremis”, which is coming to Eastbourne as part of a national tour.
We meet Wilde just before the start of his infamous libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. This was the court case that left Wilde bankrupt – and eventually led to his own imprisonment for gross indecency.
It is 24th March, 1895, when he goes to meet a society palm reader, Mrs Robinson, in her London flat. Her opening remark “Mr Wilde, why are you here?” is one that “In Extremis” attempts to answer. Wilde’s policy throughout all his forthcoming dealings with the law and the establishment was to stay and fight, despite the advice of some of his friends that flight would be the better option.
“In Extremis”, from Kean Productions, is by the highly-acclaimed Neil Bartlett, a former artistic director of the Lyric, Hammersmith. It was commissioned in 2000 by the National Theatre for the centenary of Wilde’s death. This is the first revival to be seen in London and the South since it was staged by the National.
An hour in length, the performance will be followed by an interval and a Q&A session during which the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the play and the art of acting with the cast.
Track this event
- Event has been added to your calendar
- Any important updates will be sent to your email address
- Add to your personal Ents24 calendar
- Sync with iCal, Outlook and others
- Receive important updates
Venue: Under Ground Theatre
BN21 4TL 50.768677, 0.279270
Enquiries: 01323 430077
→ Eastbourne 2 min walk