National Theatre actor takes to the Welwyn Garden City stage

PUBLISHED: 16:43 06 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:43 06 May 2013

Charlie Buckland will star in play In Extremis by Neil Bartlett at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

Charlie Buckland will star in play In Extremis by Neil Bartlett at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

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AN actor will swap The National Theatre for Welwyn Garden City later this week.

Charlie Buckland, who has been appearing in This House at the National Theatre, will be performing on stage at the Hawthorne Theatre on Friday, May 10.

He will be playing Oscar Wilde in Neil Bartlett’s play In Extremis.

Commissioned and performed by the National to mark the centenary of Oscar Wilde’s death, this is the first touring production of the piece.

“Mr Wilde, why are you here?” That is the question posed by a woman little known today but who had the most crucial ‘power’ over one of the most celebrated men of the 19th century.

On the night of March 24, 1895, Mrs Robinson, a society palm reader, agreed to see Oscar Wilde in her London flat.

It was just one week before what was to be billed as the “trial of the century”.

The meeting really took place and letters and diaries have helped to piece together what the fascinating meeting may have been like.

Oscar Wilde will be portrayed by Charlie Buckland, while Mrs Robinson, the palmist, is played by Hove actress Suzanne Procter whose recent TV credits include Casualty and Doctors.

* In Extremis plays at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, on May 10 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10, and £8 concessions. The ticket price includes a Q&A with the actors.


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