The Happy Prince is the result of a determined effort by Rupert Everett to tell the tail of the the last part of Oscar Wilde’s life.

Rupert wrote, directed and also stars as Oscar Wilde! He also managed to get Colin Firth on board. They both starred in the 2002 adaption of The Importance of Being Earnest as well as Another Country (1984).

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Reggie Turner (Colin Firth) in The Happy Prince ©2018 Lionsgate

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The Happy Prince Lowdown


The Happy Prince is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love in the last days of the nineteenth century.

In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed. The past floods back transporting him to other times and places.

Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshiped him? The lover imprisoned and freed, yet still running towards ruin in the final chapter of his life?

Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance. Also, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas. And then there is the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself.

From Dieppe to Naples to Paris freedom is elusive. Oscar is a penniless vagabond, always moving on, shunned by his old acquaintance.

However he is revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories – his incomparable wit still sharp.

The Happy Prince is written and directed by Rupert Everett who also stars as Oscar Wilde. The film also stars Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas and Emily Watson.


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Alfred Bosie Douglas (Colin Morgan) in The Happy Prince ©2018 Lionsgate
Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas) in The Happy Prince ©2018 Lionsgate

The Happy Prince Theatrical Release dates

  • UK: June 15th, 2018
  • US & Canada: October 5th, 2018
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Constance Wilde (Emily Watson) in The Happy Prince ©2018 Lionsgate

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online