The Happy Prince: In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshipped him? The lover imprisoned and freed, yet still running towards ruin in the final chapter of his life? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris freedom is elusive and Oscar is a penniless vagabond, always moving on, shunned by his old acquaintance, but revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories - his incomparable wit still sharp. THE HAPPY PRINCE is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love in the last days of the nineteenth century.
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About the ACTOR WRITER DIRECTOR Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett first appeared on stage in 1981 as Guy Bennett in the West End production of Julian Mitchell’s play ANOTHER COUNTRY, a role which he repeated, alongside Colin Firth, in the 1984 film version directed by Marek Kanievska which saw him nominated for a BAFTA as Best Newcomer To Film. Rupert followed up with another British film, 1985’s DANCE WITH A STRANGER, with Miranda Richardson and Ian Holm, in which he played the lover of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. His first American role was in 1987’s HEARTS OF FIRE, co-starring Bob Dylan.
Rupert’s other film appearances include; THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS, PRÊT-À-PORTER, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, INSPECTOR GADGET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE NEXT BEST THING, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, STAGE BEAUTY and STARDUST. In cartoons he is the voice of Prince Charming in the SHREK cycle.
Rupert lived in France between 1986 and 1996 and made LES LUNETTES D’OR with Philippe Noiret and Stefania Sandrelli, THE CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD directed by Francesco Rosi, co-starring Ornella Muti, Gian Maria Volonté and Irene Papas, QUIET FLOWS THE DON directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and the cult classic
DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE. In 1997, Everett’s role in MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING won him both Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his performance as Julia Roberts’ confidante. In 2007 Rupert played both Camilla and Carnaby Fritton in a role originally made famous by Alastair Sim in 1954’s THE BELLES OF ST TRINIAN’S. The resulting film, ST TRINIAN’S was followed by a sequel in 2009, ST TRINIAN’S: THE LEGEND OF FRITTON’S GOLD.
He has worked extensively in the theatre appearing on Broadway and in London’s West End. His performance as Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s 2014 production of THE JUDAS KISS earned him the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Play. Other theatre credits include PYGMALION, THE VORTEX, BLITHE SPIRIT and AMADEUS.
Everett’s television work ranges from PARADES END (BBC) to PRINCESS DAISY (NBC). He played Sherlock Holmes and is currently appearing as Dr. Hendrick in the hit sitcom QUACKS. He also appeared in the award winning series BLACK MIRROR.
Rupert has written two novels and two memoirs as well as articles for The Observer, The Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair. In 2008, his documentary THE VICTORIAN SEX EXPLORER retraced the steps of Sir Richard Burton, the infamous author, explorer and sexual adventurer. He followed this with a series about Lord Byron, another called LOVE FOR SALE and most recently, FIFTY SHADES OF GAY celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of homosexual decriminalisation in the UK. He makes his directorial debut on THE HAPPY PRINCE, a film about Oscar Wilde in exile in which he plays the leading role.