The Ballad of C33
Lover of beauty Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading, after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison.
During his imprisonment, he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol. The finished poem was published by Leonard Smithers in 1898 under the name C.3.3 which stood for cell block C, landing 3, cell 3. This ensured that Wilde's name – by then notorious – did not appear on the poem's front cover.
It was not commonly known, until the 7th printing in June 1899, that C.3.3 was actually Wilde. Knight Mantell's play expores this tragic time in Wilde's life.
Starring : Knight Mantell, Gregory Cox, David Furlong
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Written By: Francis Sargent and Knight Mantell, Edited By: Lester Barry, Music By : Francesco Quadraruopolo, Running Time : 58 mins