Oscar Wilde: his influence on stage and screen
The Irish playwright's artistic legacy is still being enjoyed today
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In his short life, Oscar Wilde became one of the most successful playwrights of late-Victorian London. His society comedies of the early 1890s, works like 'Lady Windermere's Fan' and 'An Ideal Husband,' were instant hits. His final play, 'The Importance of being Ernest,' is considered his masterpiece.
Wilde died in 1900, but his plays have endured. Since his untimely death, the Irish playwright’s works have been performed around the world, with a host of celebrity A-listers including Al Pacino and Vanessa Redgrave lining up to interpret characters made famous by one of the most celebrated—and controversial—personalities of the era.
Click through the following gallery and be reminded of some of the great stage and screen productions that owe their success to the writings of Oscar Wilde.