H.M. Prison, Reading

Dear Bosie, After long and fruitless waiting I have determined to write to you myself, as much for your sake as for mine, as I would not like to think that I had passed through two long years of imprisonment without ever having received a single line from you, or any news or message even, except such as gave me pain.

Wilde’s letter to Lord Alfred Douglas relates Wilde and Bosie’s relationship and extravagant lifestyle which eventually led to Wilde’s conviction and imprisonment for gross indecency, his words and wisdom sing from the page of this letter written from his prison cell.

De Profundis will be performed on stage by Simon Callow. Simon is an actor, author and director. He studied at Queen’s University, Belfast, then trained as an actor at the Drama Centre in London. His many one-man shows include The Mystery of Charles Dickens, Being Shakespeare, Tuesday at Tesco’s and, most recently, The Man Jesus. He has written biographies of Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton, Charles Dickens and  Richard Wagner; One Man Band, the third volume of his massive Orson Welles biography,  was published in 2015.

De Profundis is adapted for the stage by Frank McGuinness (The Factory GirlsSomeone Who’ll Watch Over Me), acclaimed Irish playwright, poet and translator. McGuinness has won numerous awards and prizes throughout his distinguished career, including a Tony Award, an Irish PEN Award and the French Order of Arts and Letters.

The production is directed by Mark Rosenblatt, Stuart: A Life BackwardsHenry VIIIAnimal Wisdom and is Associate Artist at West Yorkshire Playhouse (Uncle VanyaEve Ensler’s Avocado).

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Booking Number

0330 333 4814

Booking Until
Saturday 6 January 2018

Tickets From

Show Times
Wednesday 3 January 2018, 7.30pm
Thursday 4 January 2018,
2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday 5 January 2018, 7.30pm
Saturday 6 January 2018,
2.30pm and 7.30pm

Estimated Running Time
1hr 20mins no interval

Vaudeville Theatre

Performed by <br> Simon Callow
Performed by
Simon Callow


Oscar WildeAuthor
Frank McGuinnessAdapted by
Mark RosenblattDirector


Wednesday 3 January 2018, 7.30pm
Thursday 4 January 2018 , 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday 5 January 2018, 7.30pm
Saturday 6 January 2018, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Estimated running time: 1hr 20mins no interval


Tickets from £10


All tickets include a £1.25 Theatre Restoration Levy


The Vaudeville Theatre is located on Strand, near to Covent Garden and Charing Cross in London’s West End. Below you can find information on how to get to the theatre and a map showing the location of the venue.

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Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH.

10am – 8pm, Monday – Saturday.

NCP at Upper St Martins Lane Masterpark at Trafalgar Square

Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo lines) Embankment (District, Circle lines)

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