Wilde night out in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 20:09 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 20:09 17 April 2013

In Extremis plays at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Picture: John Godwin]

In Extremis plays at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City [Picture: John Godwin]


A PLAY about Oscar Wilde, In Extremis, can be seen at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City next month.

WHY did one of the most celebrated men of the 19th 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 the Hawthorne Theatre, in Welwyn Garden City, next month as part of a national tour.

The play takes place just before the start of Wilde’s 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.

Yet it is also one that he could have easily run away from – so why didn’t he?

In the week before the trial, Wilde went to see 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.

Written by Neil Bartlett, the former artistic director of the Lyric, Hammersmith, and performed by Kean Productions, this is the first revival of the piece since it was staged by the National Theatre in 2000.

Kean Productions presents In Extremis at the Hawthorne Theatre on Friday, May 10. The performance starts at 7.30pm and is followed by a Q&A session with the actors about the play and ‘acting’.

Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions).

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