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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

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of Oscar Wilde, Rupert Everett, British television (cast is full of familiar faces), and historical dramas.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity, sexual situations, or gay themes

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you would enjoy a portrayal of a complex, intelligent writer as tries to reconcile reason and passion.

Don't see it if you find history plays boring and Oscar Wilde uninteresting.

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.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You enjoy an evening of solid acting and thought provoking theatre

Don't see it if Offended by on stage nudity

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like witty dialogue and stellar acting.

Don't see it if you know the story and not interested in a nuanced shading.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Oscar Wilde's work and want to learn something about his life.

Don't see it if biographical aspects of an author don't engage you as much as fictional story lines.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to know about Oscar Wilde

Don't see it if o


See it if Seeing Rupert Everett (who is very good in the show) outweighs sitting through 2 1/2 hours of a not very good play.

Don't see it if You are expecting to see something about Oscar Wilde in his prime -- this deals with the end of his life, and does so in a turgid manner.

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Must see

See it if You love history

Don't see it if You don't like gays

Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Raunchy

See it if You're trying to get rid of your date

Don't see it if You want to enjoy your evening

Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to see powerful acting

Don't see it if o

Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You love Oscar Wilde

Don't see it if You don't like Oscar Wilde

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You love Rupert Everett

Don't see it if you don't like Rupert Everett

Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you are a lover of good play.

Don't see it if you are just a modish person.

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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