The Judas Kiss is transferring to the West End on 17 January 2013. David Hare’s play about Oscar Wilde’s ill-starred relationship with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas will take up residence at the Duke of York’s Theatre following its sell-out run at the Hampstead Theatre. Rupert Everett and Freddie Fox will continue in their respective roles of Wilde and Bosie.
Since his London theatre breakthrough in 1982 in Another Country, Everett has appeared on stage in productions including Some Sunny Day at the Hampstead Theatre, Pygmalion at the Chichester Festival Theatre / Garrick Theatre, Blithe Spirit at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore at the Lyric Hammersmith. His numerous film credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, My Best Friend’s Wedding and An Ideal Husband.
Fox recently starred in Hay Fever at the Noel Coward Theatre and The Last 5 Years at the Barbican. He appeared as the title character in Charles Dickens' Edwin Drood on the BBC earlier this year.
The story of The Judas Kiss commences in 1895, as Wilde’s masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest is making its original West End run. The Judas Kiss tracks Wilde at two crucial points of his life: the first when he makes the decision to stay in England and face imprisonment; the second on the night after his release, when he is betrayed by the lover he risked everything for.
The Judas Kiss is directed by Neil Armfield and produced by Robert Fox. It will be the second Hampstead Theatre production to make a West End transfer in a year, following Chariots of Fire's move to the Gielgud Theatre in June.