Dallas — British actor Rupert Everett will appear at the Angelika Film Centers in Plano and Dallas on opening day, Friday, Oct. 19, of his new film The Happy Prince, which he wrote and directed, and stars as Irish playwright/novelist/wit Oscar Wilde. Everett will give a 20-minute Q&A after the 5:30 p.m. screening in Plano and after the 8 p.m. screening in Dallas. At both locations, the Q&A will be moderated by TheaterJones co-founder and editor Mark Lowry. (That's me.)
The Happy Prince is bookended with Wilde on his deathbed in a Parisian hotel, after he had served two years hard labor in prison after being convicted of "gross indecency," or sodomy. Though a series of flashbacks, we see moments from when he was the most famous man in London thanks to literary masterpieces like The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his relationships with his wife Constance (Emily Watson), his lover Alfred Douglas (Colin Morgan) and friend Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas). The film also features Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson.
In the 1990s, Everett became a mainstream film star playing the "gay best friend" in films like My Best Friend's Wedding and The Next Best Thing, and was known for saying he'd like to be the first gay James Bond after her publicly came out. His theater and film career started in the '80s, with his first lead role in the LGBT classic Another Country, which is adapted from the play by Julian Mitchell, in which he starred in London (that film also includes a young Colin Firth). Everett's other films include two Wilde adaptations, An Ideal Husband (1999) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2002); and he played Christopher Marlowe in Shakespeare in Love.
Get your tickets now to the screenings, which are co-presented with TheaterJones.com. You can purchase tickets for the Plano showing at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 here; and for Dallas showing at 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 here.
Hope to see you there.