Thursday, 13 September 2012
Theatre review: The Judas Kiss
This is one writer trying to understand another, which is clear in Hare's suggestion that Wilde's life was defined by his need for a narrative structure. This seems to be the answer to these mysteries: The first act takes place in Bosie's room at the Cadogan Hotel, during the first trial. Wilde's (Rupert Everett) case is clearly falling apart, after one too many witty epigrams in the witness box have given away his true sexuality. The police will be along to arrest him soon, and the men around him have conflicting advice: Bosie (Freddie Fox,) still motivated by hatred for his father but preferring Wilde to take the fall, wants him to keep going in the desperate hope that the trial can be turned around. In an excellent understated turn from Cal MacAninch, Wilde's first lover and oldest friend Robbie Ross advises saving his pennies and making a speedy escape to Europe.
(On a side note, Richard was my theatre companion again tonight, and has been a bit irritated that this year Andy's stealing his crown for most frontal male nudity seen on stage. The Judas Kiss' triple threat would have put him back on equal terms, if he hadn't been late arriving, and missed Hardy's revelations in the opening scene.)
The Judas Kiss by David Hare is booking until the 13th of October at Hampstead Theatre; then continuing on tour to Bath, Richmond, Brighton and Cambridge.
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval.