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The Judas Kiss

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Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Slow, Great writing

About the show

BAM presents David Hare's multidimensional study of esteemed 19th-century playwright Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett), who quickly went from success to exile. More…

In the spring of 1895, Oscar Wilde was larger than life. His masterpiece, 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' was a hit in the West End and he was the toast of London. Yet by summer he was arrested for gross indecency and embarking on an ill-fated trial. Wilde’s adoration for Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas was his downfall.

Member Reviews (89)


Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Slow, Great writing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Long, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a Wilde fan (who isn't?). Everett is riveting. The play is slow, but is solid. Intelligent and witty. Even touching. Sophisticated.

Don't see it if you prefer experimental works; this is an old-fashioned charmer. Very talky; little movement. Gratuitous nudity for spice. Many white males!

Interesting, Slow, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like historical fiction, Oscar Wilde, & flawed characters. It's well written & acted.

Don't see it if this is slow and Everett looks way older than Wilde's mid-40s. It can get tedious at points. Male nudity bothers you. Borderline pedantic.

Great acting, Informative, Interesting, Slow

See it if You are interested in Oscar Wilde or enjoy biopic dramas. Everett gives an excellent performance & it's an interesting story.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity or LGBT themes.

Masterful, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny

See it if You're looking for top notch acting, in a well written play that's smart and serious but still manages to make you laugh.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Oscar Wilde. Rupert Everett makes you feel like you're watching Wilde himself.

Intelligent, Slow, Innocuous, Disappointing, Great performance

See it if you want to see Everett's smart, nuanced performance; you're a Hare completist; you enjoy a quip-filled dramedy (courtesy of Wilde's wit).

Don't see it if you expect a provocative, consequential account of late-in-life Wilde; you can't accept (or handle) a shrill, detestable portrayal of Bosie.

Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy top-notch acting.

Don't see it if You are close-minded.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you're a fan of David Hare, Oscar Wilde or Rupert Everett, want to see Everett prove he can act, enjoy a serious take on the limits of love

Don't see it if you don't like nudity on stage, want more detail about the Wilde trial and aftermath,

Intelligent, Slow, Entertaining, Melodramatic

See it if you love the writing of Oscar Wilde. Rupert Everett is wonderful as the witty and the dramatic writer.

Don't see it if you have issues with nudity. There are several sex scenes. In addition the script assumes that the audience knows the Wilde's biography.

Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You want great writing & acting. You're familiar w/Oscar Wilde: it's only 1 piece of the story. You're comfortable w/nudity on stage.

Don't see it if You don't know about Oscar Wilde. You're uncomfortable w/nudity on stage. You don't want a drama.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Romantic

See it if You're a fan of Rupert Everett, Oscar Wilde, and/or historical dramas.

Don't see it if You don't like talky, verbose plays that can border on tedious.

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are outraged about archaic views about homosexuality. To see Rupert Everett become Oacar Wilde. Have been betrayed. Trust too much.

Don't see it if You have archaic views. Like living in the closet Throw your "friends" under the bus. Have no scruples and too much ego.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Oscar Wilde and/or history of the era. Enjoy excellent acting by an iconic performer.

Don't see it if you haven't the slightest interest in Oscar Wilde; you are homophobic and dislike nudity of any kind on stage.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if for the great performances about one of the great playwrights of the English language.

Don't see it if nudity bothers you and/or great discourse is not your thing.

Entertaining, but barely, Witty, but not banter

See it if See it for the witty words attributed to Wilde, though if you could buy the script and read them yourself you would be as well off.

Don't see it if You might object that there is no engagement, no counterweight for Wilde, no action.

Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you are a big fan of Oscar Wilde or want to learn more about his life.

Don't see it if you don't have a particular interest in the subject matter. It is slow at times.

Great acting, Intelligent, Poignant, Witty

See it if you are familiar with the trial of Oscar Wilde & the story of his liaisons ; see it for the masterful Rupert Everett

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Oscar Wilde's snappy wit; don't care for homosexual themes or painful stories of betrayal

Ambitious, Cliched, Great writing, Great acting, Original

See it if You like great performances, but aren't dependent on "likeable" characters. It's entertaining, and has a lot of dry humor.

Don't see it if You're looking for fun comedy, or a lot going on. You have to pay attention, or you'll miss a lot of the big, quiet moments.

Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if like me, you think even the least talented Brit actor can turn cartwheels over any American any day. Everett is brilliant. Script is great.

Don't see it if You have trouble hearing or don't like to have to strain to catch every line. This play would really be best in a smaller theater.

Intelligent, Profound, Slow, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You are a Rupert Everett fan, he becomes Oscar Wilde. See it for a great cast, and naked guys who look really good. Homo erotic theme.

Don't see it if You don't know who Oscar Wilde is, or if you are homophobic.


See it if You don't know much about Oscar Wilde or you are a British actors groupie

Don't see it if You want a well-written play that offers a deeper look at the man behind the plays and his complicated life and mind

Uneven acting, Hideous set, Funny, Slow

See it if You want to see a great performance by Rupert Everett in a play that has good writing but isn't terribly interesting.

Don't see it if Male (and some female) nudity offends you. Or if you're equally offended by horrible sets and lighting.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like good acting with some things to think about society and relationships.

Don't see it if If you are offended by nudity.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if brilliant performances in a true story of love, betrayal, and honesty are what you enjoy in the theatre. Rupert Everett is not to be missed

Don't see it if didactic plays bore you or if you're easily offended by nudity on stage.

Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Intense, Raunchy

See it if you are interested in the life of Oscar Wilde and you want to see a fine performance by Rupert Everett.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with extended full frontal nudity.

Great acting, Intense

See it if An excellent production of a mediocre play; great acting and staging

Don't see it if uneven material; avoid if offended by nudity, heavy on drama - light on action.

May 17th, 2016
"How do you create dynamic drama with a hero who refuses to move? Armfield’s luxurious revival doesn’t solve that problem...This production artfully illuminates the greatest, most operatic contradiction that Mr. Hare’s Oscar embodies. That’s love as a force both sacred and profane...The second bi...
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May 17th, 2016
"Everett could hardly be better in a role he seems to have grown himself toward...In the process the play, too, grows toward the brilliance of its subject...The play’s flaw is too essential to be repaired so Armfield has had the good sense to highlight it instead. As Bosie, Charlie Rowe does noth...
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May 17th, 2016
"Everett delivers a performance that deserves to become legendary...The play is admittedly a bit slow and talky...Still, there are many moving moments...The witticisms are, not surprisingly, delivered with exquisite comic timing by Everett. But his performance goes much deeper. Wearing a fat suit...
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May 19th, 2016
"Mr. Everett’s performance is a creative impersonation of breathtaking authority...One of the failings of 'The Judas Kiss' is that Mr. Hare, much to my surprise, has idealized Wilde’s personality...Even more disappointing are the one-note performances of the actors cast in the key supporting role...
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