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Vaudeville Theatre, London4.76 reviews
One of the greatest love letters ever written by Oscar Wilde

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Coming to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited run, De Profundis.

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.

Read live on stage by a single actor, Wilde’s words and wisdom sing from the page of this letter written from his prison cell.

Adapted for the stage by Frank McGuinness (The Factory Girls, Someone 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. Directed by Mark Rosenblatt (Bread and Butter, Henry VIII) Associate Artist at West Yorkshire Playhouse (Richard III).

Former artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Dominic Dromgoole’s new theatre company, Classic Spring, is presenting a yearlong season of Oscar Wilde plays, centring on his Victorian plays. The season includes A Woman of No ImportanceLady Windermere’s Fan De ProfundisThe Selfish Giant, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest


Additional Information

Age restriction

To be confirmed.

Running time

1hr 20min (no interval)

Performance dates

3 January 2018 - 6 January 2018

Venue Information

Vaudeville Theatre404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

Customer Reviews

6 reviews4.7

jean marks8th January

Brilliant! Simon Callow was marvellous and the direction could not have been bettered

Geoffrey Pick7th January

My first time at this beautiful theatre. A tour de force by Simon Callow.

Shirani McCarthy6th January

A difficult job for one actor to entertain an audience single-handed for 1.5 hours, and appreciate that volume of delivery was probably used for interest etc. However, Simon Callow was often difficult to hear, despite the fact that we were sitting towards the front of the theatre. Obviously, this detracts from the enjoyment of the performance. Otherwise, enjoyable.

Taylor Moll6th January

1 man reciting a letter for 90 minutes, crossing all emotions and depicting the path of love to loss. A different sort of theatre and worth the time and effort.

Mary Kapadia5th January

I thought De Profundis was extremely well done - although I saw a more theatrical production in Montreal - where it started by the slamming of a prison door, Oscar Wilde was in prison stripes, we were at the back of the stage, the auditorium was for used for speaking of his plays... it was more theatrical than last night's performance. This said, I did very much enjoy it.

Dr Judy MacArthur Clark4th January

Brilliant characterisation of Oscar Wilde at his lowest and most vulnerable moments by Simon Callow. This is a wonderful experience and truly brings these letters to life. All pluses and no minuses. Thank you for a great experience.