De Profundis premieres at the Leicester Square Theatre
A musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1897 poem De Profundis will run at the Leicester Square Lounge Theatre, Central London, from 1 May to 8 June 2014.
Paul Dale Vickers' musical won Leicester Square Theatre's 'The New Musical Project' which was set up to discover and nurture new British musial talent. Over 100 musicals were submitted for the project from which six were chosen as finalists and developed by the theatre through rehearsals and public performances. Vickers won the chance to have his new musical premiere at the theatre for a six-week season.
De Profundis is based on the letter playwright Oscar Wilde wrote to his young lover, Bosie, from his prison cell in Reading jail in 1897. Literally translated from the Latin as 'from the depths', the poem touches on ideas of love, loss and freedom, and is one of Wilde's most famous verses.
The production stars Alasair Brookshaw, who is most well known for playing Leo Frank in the Southwark Playhouse's production of 'Parade'. He has performed in the West End productions of 'Blood Brothers' and 'Shoes' as well as recently featuring in 'The Carnival of Animals' at the Riverside Studios. It is directed by Katie Pesskin with musical direction by Micahel Riley.