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Picture of Dorian Gray, The

"There is something fatal about a portrait. It has a life of its own."

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama

Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful young man called Dorian Gray becomes infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him. He makes a Faustian pact that the picture will grow old while he remains forever young.

Oscar Wilde's only novel caused an immediate scandal when it was first published in 1890 and its themes of youth and decay, innocence and corruption, art and reality are even more relevant to us in the 21st century than in the 19th.

Adapted by Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland and John O'Connor, this delightfully witty version of Wilde's story incorporates material suppressed from the original manuscript.

REVIEWS:

"Dorian Gray as Wilde intended."

 The Times

"Tribute needs to be paid... to the skill of the adaptation, carried out with scrupulous care  by Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson, and John O'Connor. Crucially they have gone back to the original texts of both magazine and (longer) published novels and reinstated several key lines."

 BritishTheatre.com

"A highly entertaining mix of Wilde's razor-sharp wit and Victorian melodrama."

 The Stage

Premiere Production:

The play was first presented at the Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham on 8th April, 2015 before touring to 45 venues all over the UK and ending at St. James Theatre, London on Saturday, 20th June -- 125 years to the day that The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in Lippincott's Magaizne.

  • Casting: 11M, 10F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

  • BASIL HALLWARD
    LORD HENRY WOTTON
    DORIAN GRAY
    LADY AGATHA
    DUCHESS OF HARLEY
    MR ISAACS
    SYBIL VANE
    LADY HENRY
    MRS VANE
    JAMES VANE
    VICTOR
    MRS LEAF
    MR HUBBARD
    SERVANT 1
    SERVANT 2
    ALAN CAMPBELL
    OPIUM SELLER
    ADRIAN SINGLETON
    DUCHESS OF MONMOUTH
    HETTY MERTON
    GAMEKEEPER
    THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
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    Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful young man called Dorian Gray becomes infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him. He makes a Faustian pact that the picture will grow old while he remains forever young.

    Oscar Wilde's only novel caused an immediate scandal when it was first published in 1890 and its themes of youth and decay, innocence and corruption, art and reality are even more relevant to us in the 21st century than in the 19th.

    Adapted by Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland and John O'Connor, this delightfully witty version of Wilde's story incorporates material suppressed from the original manuscript.

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