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Rupert Everett-led Judas Kiss transfers from Hampstead to West End

The Hampstead Theatre’s revival of David Hare’s play The Judas Kiss, starring Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde, has confirmed it will transfer to the West End in the new year.

Opening at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 17 January 2013 (previews from 9 January), the production will transfer replete with Everett and co-star Freddie Fox, who plays Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas.

Directed by Neil Armfield, the cast also includes Cal Macaninch, Ben Hardy, Kirsty Oswald, Alister Cameron and Tom Colley.

Hare’s 1998 play focuses on two critical moments in Wilde’s last years – the eve of his arrest at the Cadogan Hotel and a night in Naples after his release from two years imprisonment; The Judas Kiss speculates on the consequences of his self-destructive fatalism, betrayal and love without trust.

Rupert Everett‘s stage credits include Another Country, Pygmalion, Blithe Spirit (Broadway) and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Lyric Hammersmith). His numerous film credits include My Best Friend’s Wedding, Another Country and Oscar Wilde adaptations The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband.

Freddie Fox‘s recent stage credits include Hay Fever (Noël Coward Theatre), Cause Célèbre, A Flea in her Ear (both Old Vic) and The Last 5 Years (Barbican).

The Judas Kiss, which is produced by Robert Fox, Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Hampstead Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, continues at Hampstead until tomorrow (13 October 2012).

It is the second Hampstead production to transfer to the West End in recent months – the screen-to-stage production of Chariots of Fire is currently booking at the Gielgud Theatre to 2 February 2013.