Wilde Without the Boy / The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Wilde without the boy

Where: Arena Theatre

“Wilde Without the Boy” is a dramatisation of “De Profundis”, the letter Oscar Wilde wrote from his prison cell in Reading gaol to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, after Wilde had been imprisoned for acts of gross indecency with other males. Brilliant, loving, witty and passionate, “Wilde Without the Boy” is a glimpse into the humbled, bruised, loving soul of one of the greatest geniuses ever to have lived.

Written by Oscar Wilde after his release prison, The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem narrating the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge, convicted of murdering his wife.

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