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An LGBT Celebration at Smallhythe Place

Wilde Without the Boy

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Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place

9 & 10 June, 7.30pm

This award-winning dramatization of De Profundis, the letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his gay lover from prison, aptly comes to Smallhythe Place fifty years after the partial decriminalization of homosexuality. Jailed for gross indecency in 1895, ‘Wilde Without the Boy’ tells Oscar Wilde’s story of living as a homosexual man in Victorian England.

This fascinating insight is brought to life by the decorated and Olivier Award nominated actor, Gerard Logan, whose many accolades include Winner of the “Best Actor” award at the 2014 Buxton Fringe Theatre Festival for his performance in ‘Wilde Without the Boy’ and Stage Newspaper’s “Best Solo Performer” award at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival.

Join us from 6pm onwards for a picnic in the garden and refreshments from the Tearoom. The Theatre doors will open at 7.15pm. Please call 01580 762334 to book.

£12 each


LGBT Poetry Weekend

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Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place

Saturday 10 & 11 June, 3pm

To celebrate National Trust’s Prejudice and Pride programme L.G.B.T Poet Laureate Trudy Howson is coming to Smallhythe Place to explore The Smallhythe Trio: Edith Craig, Christopher St. John and Clare Atwood, through poetry and prose.

She will also be in conversation with our House Steward, Susannah Mayor and Curator of the current LGBT exhibition, Carla Danella, about Edy Craig and her circle of LGBT friends that lived at the property. There will be a Q&A session to close the event.

Free entry

Our new exhibition: Playwrights, Pioneers and Provocateurs, has also just opened which explores the work and relationship of Edy Craig and her circle of friends in the LGBTQ community. This will be open from 11am until 5pm across the weekend. (Admission applies).


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