The Judas Kiss

David Hare

The Judas Kiss by David Hare presents the consequences of an uncompromising moral position, as Oscar Wilde’s philosophy leads him on a path to destruction, he decides to stay in England despite facing imprisonment, betrayal and heartbreak.

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Oscar Wilde’s philosophy leads him on a path to destruction. The Judas Kiss describes two pivotal moments: the day Wilde decides to stay in England and face imprisonment, and the night when the lover for whom he risked everything betrays him.

With a burning sense of outrage, David Hare presents the consequences of an uncompromisingly moral position in a world defined by fear and conformity.

Originally produced in the West End and on Broadway, this new edition coincides with a 2012 revival.

‘Superbly written… Hare has taken a history and pieced it together with heroic grace… Vastly rich, sophisticated and heartbreaking.’ Time Out, New York


David Hare has written over thirty stage plays and thirty screenplays for film and television. The plays include Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, The Absence of War, The Judas Kiss, The Red Barn, The Moderate Soprano, I’m Not Running and Beat the Devil. For cinema, he has written The Hours, The Reader, Damage, Denial, Wetherby and The White Crow among others, while his television…

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