The Picture Of Dorian Gray is a classic Oscar Wilde novel that has been adapted into countless films and plays over the years. I have never seen any of them and so went into this viewing with no idea what to expect.
What I did know is that this version is completely reimagined (by Henry Filloux-Bennett) into a modern day world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps. Set in a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world, the contemporary take follows influencer Dorian Gray as he makes a deal for his social star never to fade.
The production sees Fionn Whitehead, in the title role and he is joined by Alfred Enoch as Harry Wotton, Joanna Lumley as Lady Narborough, Emma McDonald as Sibyl Vane, Russell Tovey as Basil Hallward and with Stephen Fry as the Interviewer. This all-star cast brings mass appeal to audiences (I’ll watch anything with Russell Tovey in it) and is well worth a watch this week before online screenings end on 17 April 2021.
The Picture of Dorian Gray utilises elements found in radio plays, films, documentaries as well as traditional theatrical techniques and it is more of an exquisite television drama than a play. An easy five stars from me!
Audience members receive a screening link which will activate on their booked performance date for a 48-hour period. Tickets are priced at £12 which will include both a link to the production as well as a digital programme. Closed captioning and audio description will be available for all dates.
Tickets for the production are currently on sale internationally and can be purchased via pictureofdoriangray.com.