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The Importance of Being Oscar

A star-studded account of Oscar Wilde’s glittering and controversial career before his trial for homosexual crimes and tragic fall from grace.

A star-studded account of Oscar Wilde’s glittering and controversial career before his trial for homosexual crimes and tragic fall from grace.

Highlights from Oscar’s brilliant comedies such as The Importance of Being Earnest and stories such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Canterville Ghost are adapted and performed by a cast including Freddie Fox, Claire Skinner, Anna Chancellor and James Fleet. Wilde enthusiasts and experts, including Stephen Fry, Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and his latest biographers, provide revelatory accounts of how his own life informed his work. His Irish roots, his early career, his marriage and the importance of women as well as men in his life all combine in a complex and compelling characterisation and celebration that adds flesh to the bones of a man who is too often caricatured.

1 hour, 24 minutes

Signed Audio described

Last on

Sat 11 May 2019 02:15

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:20

    Jaga Jazzist

    Toccata (Live)

  • 00:28

    Tigran Hamasyan

    The American

  • 00:43

    Erik Satie

    Lent

  • 00:48

    Tigran Hamasyan

    New Baroque

  • 01:04

    Tigran Hamasyan

    Markos and Markos

  • 01:20

    Michael Nyman

    Knowing the Ropes

Credits

Role Contributor
Lady Bracknell Anna Chancellor
Virginia, Hester Worsley, Cecily, Lady Windermere Anna Devlin
Canterville Ghost, Basil Hallward James Fleet
Jokannen, Dorian Gray, Lord Goring Freddie Fox
Young Oscar Wilde, Vivian, Bunthorne, Jack Worthing, Lord Windermere Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Salome, Mrs Allonby, Gwendolyn, Lady Chiltern, Alice Orr-Ewing
Oscar Wilde Nicholas Rowe
Herodias, Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Erlynne Claire Skinner
Herod, Cyril, Lord Illingworth, Algernon, Robert Chiltern, Darlington, Henry Wotton Ed Stoppard
Director Richard Curson Smith
Executive Producer Franny Moyle

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