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Hampstead's The Judas Kiss transfers to the W/E

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HAMPSTEAD Theatre’s revival of David Hare’s 1998 drama, The Judas Kiss, will transfer to the West End – to the Duke of York’s Theatre where it opens on January 17, 2013 following previews from January 9.

The cast that includes Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde and Freddie Fox as Wilde’s young lover Lord Alfred Douglas, will reprise their roles in the West End.

Previously Posted: Neil Armfield will direct Rupert Everett (as Oscar Wilde) and Freddie Fox (as Wilde’s young lover Lord Alfred Douglas) in Hampstead Theatre’s revival of David Hare’s 1998 drama The Judas Kiss, which runs from September 6 to October 13, 2012.

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

Rupert Everett previously appeared at Hampstead Theatre in 1996 in Some Sunny Day. His theatre credits elsewhere include Pygmalion (Chichester Festival Theatre and Garrick Theatre), the critically acclaimed Blithe Spirit (Shubert Theatre, Broadway) and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Lyric Hammersmith).

His numerous film credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, My Best Friend’s Wedding and An Ideal Husband.

Although Freddie Fox will be making his Hampstead Theatre debut in The Judas Kiss, he has previously appeared on stage in Hay Fever (Noel Coward Theatre), Cause Célèbre and A Flea in her Ear (Old Vic) and The Last 5 Years (Barbican). His screen credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Three Musketeers.

Joining Everett and Fox in the cast of The Judas Kiss will be Alister Cameron (as Moffat), Tom Colley (Galileo), Ben Hardy (Arthur), Cal Macaninch (Robbie Ross) and Kirsty Oswald (Phoebe).

Neil Armfield, Australia’s leading theatre and opera director, was Belvoir Street Theatre’s Artistic Director for 17 years. During his career, he has nurtured some of Australia’s finest actors including Richard Roxburgh, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Bille Brown, Jacqueline McKenzie and, particularly, Geoffrey Rush. His extensive opera work includes Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Lyric Opera Chicago, the Zurich Opera, the Canadian Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Welsh National Opera and the English National Opera.

David Hare is the author of 28 plays for the stage, 16 of which have been presented at the National Theatre. They include Plenty, Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy’s View, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, The Vertical Hour, Gethsemane and South Downs. His many screenplays include The Hours and The Reader.

For more information visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com/.