Sturge Moore Archive MS978/2/8/2 + MS978/2/8/3
This is the original acting script for the second ever production of Wilde’s Salomé in English, presented to a private audience in the King’s Hall, Covent Garden in 1906. Banned by the Lord Chamberlain in 1892, the play could not legally be performed to paying British audiences until 1931. While not marked by any explicitly queer content, it has been argued that Salomé’s sexuality is masculinised and that there are shades of homoeroticism present. Regardless, becoming so associated with Wilde and his criminalised homosexuality, the play developed a great disruptive cultural power, as is glimpsed in the case of Maud Allan.