Opened 3 Jun 2014
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death, and three times I have been tried. Oscar Wilde, De Profundis. On the 18th of February 1895, the Marquis of Queensberry, father of Wilde s close friend Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie), left a visiting card at the Albermarle Club. It read, "to Oscar Wilde posing as a Somdomite". This accusation led directly to Wilde s prosecution of Queensberry for criminal libel, a second trial, Regina vs Wilde and Taylor for gross indecency, and ultimately to the catastrophic events of the third trial and the imprisonment of Wilde. He was to die in Paris 5 years later at the age of 46. Compiled from the original transcripts, The Trials of Oscar Wilde recreates the wit, humour, prejudice and deceit of the combative and sensational atmosphere of the court.