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Wilde Night Out

11 September

The Author:

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) The Irish poet and dramatist whose reputation rests on his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere’s Fan(1892) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Among Wilde’s other works are his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray(1891) and his fairy tales, written for his two sons and published in 1888. Wilde died of cerebral meningitis on November 30, 1900, penniless, in a cheap Paris hotel at the age of 46.

The Performance:

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde depict love, loss and redemption in a style that has ‘The Simpsons effect’ — adults and children both love them — but for different reasons. The performance consists of five tales including The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend and Wilde’s most famous short story The Happy Prince.

The Performer:

Mark Ponsford’s credits include roles in Cabaret, Twelfth Night and as Fagin in Oliver at the Theatre Royal, Winchester.  In addition to his career as a performer, he is also a writer and musical director. His writing credits include ‘Miser-ABBA’ which was performed by the cast of Les Misérables at The Palace Theatre London in a benefit for West End Cares. He is currently developing a spoof musical that he confidently expects will result in a lawsuit. His claim to fame is a fleeting appearance in ‘Dr Who.’ 

Ponsford is currently alive and, when in London, sleeps in the spare bedroom at St Paul’s Vicarage.  He is of indeterminate age.