Oscar Wilde and The Trial of the Century
Images by Barbara Newman
Sponsored by: Charles & Jo Megaw
In the summer of 1893, Oscar Wilde stayed at Ferry House in Goring with Lord Alfred Douglas and began writing his play ‘An Ideal Husband’ which includes the character Lord Goring. The scandalous events of that Summer were to haunt him two years later when he fatally sued the Marquess of Queensberry (Lord Alfred’s father) for criminal libel. So what happened during the trial and what did Wilde say?
Was he persecuted or the author of his own downfall? Using the
original words spoken in court, we can feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius – as this less than ideal husband was suddenly reduced to a man of no importance. Producer John O’Connor together with one of the cast of the West End production will bring to life what was said during the Trial of the Century using recently discovered transcripts from the trial. The production was developed by John in collaboration with Oscar Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland.