(Kate Youde’s article appeared in the Independent, 7/10.)

A little-known play attributed to Oscar Wilde is to be performed for the first time, promising fans new insight into the dramatist's colourful life.

The 107-seat King's Head Theatre above a pub in north London stages the world première of Constance in September, with actors normally more accustomed to treading the boards at the National Theatre vying to appear. Producer Adam Spreadbury-Maher, the theatre's artistic director, said Constance was a "major discovery" as it was the only play written by a Wilde "who has known the depths of depression" after his fall from success and imprisonment for gross indecency with men.

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