A contemporary, digital adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray will be streaming this month.
The show will star Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) as the title character, Alfred Enoch (Red, Coriolanus) as Harry Wotton, Joanna Lumley (La Bête, Absolutely Fabulous) as Lady Narborough, Emma McDonald (Pride and Prejudice) as Sibyl Vane, Russell Tovey (Angels in America, Being Human) as Basil Hallward, and Stephen Fry (Twelfth Night, QI) as the Interviewer.
First published in 1890, The Picture of Dorian Gray follows a man who makes a Faustian bargain in order to maintain his good looks and popularity. The novel has since been adapted numerous times on stage and screen.
This new take on the novel will come from the team behind the successful production of What a Carve Up! The play tells a cautionary tale to those immersed in the world of Facebook, Instagram, and dating apps.
Directed by Tamara Harvey and adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett, The Picture of Dorian Gray will be set in today’s age of social media, in a world filled with profile pic-obsessed and filter-fixated users, where online and reality blur. Dorian Gray is an influencer who is determined to stay at the top of the game. He makes a deal for his social star to never fade and for the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to remain the same. The true, horrific cost of this bargain becomes apparent as his mental health declines and as the world around him sinks into corruption and murderous depravity.
This online production will be produced by the following British theaters: The Barn Theatre in Cirencester, the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, the Oxford Playhouse in Oxfordshire, and Theatr Clwyd in Mold.
The show will stream from March 16 to 31.
Tickets cost £12 and each ticket will give the audience 48 hours of access to the show. Click here for tickets and more details.