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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

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.

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.


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

Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to witness Wilde quip through his [lengthy] suffering. the aphorisms, and Everett, are amazing, and there's plenty of nudity.

Don't see it if in spite of endless talk, it doesnt illuminate much; the central love story is rendered incomprehensible bc Bosey is whiny and horrid.

Disappointing, Intelligent, Great acting, Banal, Slow

See it if You're an Oscar Wilde geek or really want to see Everett's performance--he's quite good.

Don't see it if You expect the writing to be terribly complex or dive very deep; it's a solid production of a very mediocre play.

Slow, Great acting, Outdated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if only if you are a fan of Rupert Everett .

Don't see it if expect clever, witty dialogue as per Oscar Wilde, or/and would have liked a better written play; this one was mediocre at its best

Disappointing, Slow, Feels longer than it is

See it if the promise of nude actors and a few Wildean jokes entices you. If you want a good play about queerness, history, and the law, see Indecent.

Don't see it if you dislike one-note performances--Bosie does nothing but yell/whine. And beware balcony seats are a steep view; avoid if afraid of heights.

Disappointing, Dated, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if you want to see a beautiful, naked man for nearly the wh0le second act or a great performance by Everett. Or are fascinated by Wilde.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a slow, plodding, boring first act to see said naked man.

Great acting, Slow, Long-winded, Intriguing premise, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy period pieces, especially David Hare's "behind closed doors" dramas. Also, if you want to see a great lead performance.

Don't see it if You prefer 90 minute plays, or are easily put off by more telling than showing.

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Well-designed

See it if Are a big fan of Rupert Everett and want to see the life of Oscar Wilde dramatized. And if you like full-frontal male nudity.

Don't see it if You're looking for a great script, good director and if you dislike onstage nudity.

Snoozy, Uninvolving, Tolerable--and that's about it

See it if You love Rupert Everett. He's terrific in the role, and about the only reason to see it.

Don't see it if if you think you're going to learn something, or want to have something to talk about afterwards.

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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