19:30, Tue 25th – Sat 29th October 2005 at Christ's New Court Theatre
Michaelmas Week 3
Is he dead, or only dreaming? A.E. Housman, the poet and classicist, is on the banks of the Styx, waiting to be borne to the Underworld. Everything meaningful in his life eddies around him: the debate between the strictures of High Victorian morality and the free-spirited Aesthetic movement rages in academic circles and within Housman himself. All his life he has been in love with Moses Jackson, his closest friend, but Jackson cannot return his feelings and the morality of the day forbids Housman from even expressing them. Meanwhile, Oscar Wilde, Housman's fellow-student at Oxford, lives his life as "an artist, a secret criminal in our midst," spearheading the Aesthetic movement and paying dearly for his loves. This is Stoppard's masterpiece, a play for anyone who's ever fallen in love with someone they shouldn't.