“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
In Oscar Wilde’s iconic novel, sophisticated, amoral aristocrat Henry Wotton seduces the beautiful Dorian Gray into a life of sin and hedonism. Dorian sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty – and only his portrait seems to age. But will Dorian’s pact have a price?
Lucy Shaw’s bold and beautiful new adaptation retains all the glittering wit of Wilde’s writing. The cast switch roles, creating four different casting possibilities. A female Dorian looks at the portrait. And a male face looks back at her.
Lucy Shaw is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme and the Studio Group. Her plays have been performed at the Whitechapel Gallery, Bold Tendencies, the Nursery Theatre and RADA.
Tom Littler is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre.
Set and lighting design
“A glorious take on Oscar Wilde's masterpiece ... gorgeous and magical.”
“This unmissable production crackles with pace, verve, raw energy ... Darkly voyeuristic, wholly immersive.”
“Enthralling, creative, mesmerising.”
“A sparkling adaptation.”
“A strong, modern and successful production of a masterpiece.”
“A remarkable work of imagination ... wonderfully entertaining.”