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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

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.

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Inert, Repetitive

See it if you are interested in Wilde and you believe a magnificent performance makes up for a less than fully satisfying play.

Don't see it if you have no interest in Oscar Wilde or are uncomfortable with onstage nudity.

Exquisite, Brillant, Memorable, Witty

See it if You enjoyed tortured tales - this a painful and true story

Don't see it if If plays about artists irritate you or if seemingly illogical choices drive you nutty

Also The advertisements are correct – Everett really was destined to play W... Read more Read less

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Resonant

See it if This a brilliant production of the excellent David Hare play. Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde is superb as is the whole cast.

Don't see it if you're squeamish or uncomfortable with male nudity and intimate dialogue. Or, perhaps, you're having trouble getting a good seat. Try+++.

Edgy, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a great fictional biography of a great writer/playwright​/poet

Don't see it if you dislike intergenerational gay relationship or will be offended by frontal nudity on stage

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

See it if you want to see a great performance from Rupert Everett, you like Oscar Wilde, you're interested in history, or LGBT subject matter.

Don't see it if you're looking for something short and fluffy

Attractive, Intelligent, Distancing, Impressive central performance

See it if you're seduced by smart writing, a perfectly cast Rupert Everett, naked young beautiful actors, & an admirable lack of overt sentimentality.

Don't see it if you feel betrayed by a (maybe accurate) use of a grating Bosie, willfully self-destructive Wilde &staging that puts it all far away from us.

Clever, Great acting, Profound, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You know and like your literary history/Oscar Wilde/Hare. Everett is as complete as expected. Plot isn't overly complex, but the themes are.

Don't see it if You're not willing to pay attention to keep up with the witty dialogue. Definite nudity, sexual themes and innuendo. You're homophobic.

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Beautiful acting and thoughtful writting

Don't see it if You need lots of action

Great staging, Masterful, Great acting, Profound, Great writing

See it if enjoy historical plays; like Rupert Everett; want to see a well acted drama about Oscar Wilde

Don't see it if you don't like gay topic; nudity; historical plays

Also Staging of this David Hare drama was exquisite; seeing Rupert Everett ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you are interested in Oscar Wilde's story.

Don't see it if you have no frame of reference for his life.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you're an Oscar Wilde and/or Rupert Everett fan, you like magnificent acting & weighty themes (love, betrayal, history of gay oppression)

Don't see it if you don't like a languid pace, British accents, stories with gay themes, Rupert Everett, Oscar Wilde, downbeat scenarios; object to nudity.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a fictionalized account of how Oscar Wilde spent time post-jail. and/or you want to see an unrecognizable Rupert Everett!

Don't see it if you dislike Oscar Wilde, LGBT themes, nekkidness, and/or plays without a lot of physical action.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Raunchy

See it if you want a great performance by Rupert Everett. He transform into the actor of Oscar Wilde masterfully done. Great acting by the entire cast

Don't see it if you can't handle full front male nudity for 15 minutes. If you have problems with a dark drama and homosexuality.

Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You like witty dialogue.

Don't see it if You don't like homosexual themes.

Absorbing, Hard to hear, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great acting. Do a little research about Wilde before you go. Amazing how far we have come in a century

Don't see it if male nudity will offend you

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

See it if You are a fan of Rupert Everett (he really is a tour de force in this production) or curious to know more about who Oscar Wilde really was.

Don't see it if you can't handle male nudity on stage or don't like long plays were there is not much action (but interesting discussions take place)!

Great acting, Clever, Great writing

See it if great show//Talented cast that tells a fascinating story.

Don't see it if you don't like semi biographic plays...

Clever, Intelligent, Funny, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to see a strong performance from Rupert Everett; if you're interested in the historical story of Oscar Wilde...

Don't see it if language-driven/heavy plays aren't your thing; if you don't enjoy extended, full-frontal displays of male nudity

Engaging, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, 2nd act drags

See it if You are interested in Oscar Wilde and his story, if you are curious about this new incarnation of the play, if you like Rupert Everett

Don't see it if If you don't like plays that are wordy. If you're put off by nudity. The second act is also significantly slower than the first.

Edgy, Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if u want Hare's imagining of Wilde‘s perception of & reaction to his indecency trial & the respective roles of his lover, friends & family.

Don't see it if you'd be uncomfortable w/ 20 mins of full-frontal male nudity, sexual themes, selfishness & betrayal, or strident & screechy declarations.

Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the life of Oscar Wilde, appreciate great acting, and enjoy original stories

Don't see it if you are homophobic

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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