Dorian Gray: A New All-Star Digital Production Coming In March
An all new modern-day digital adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray featuring an all-star cast is set to run from 16 – 31 March. Created with the 21st Century in mind, writer Henry Filloux-Bennett has brought the classic story into the present day, aligning Gray’s character with the narcissism of social media culture.
The original story
Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist impressed and infatuated by Dorian’s beauty; he believes that Dorian’s beauty is responsible for the new mood in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat’s hedonistic world view: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.
Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied amoral experiences while staying young and beautiful; all the while, his portrait ages and records every sin.
The modern twist
The production outlines how Dorian Gray would fit into the world today:
“Each of us has heaven and hell in them. In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social star never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always remain.
But as his mental health starts to decline, as corruption and murderous depravity start to creep into his world, the true and horrific cost of his deal will soon need to be met.
From the team behind the New York Times Critic’s Pick, five star “game-changer” (Telegraph) online production of What a Carve Up! comes a brand-new adaptation that brings Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps.”
The cast & creators
If the concept isn’t enticing enough, the cast and creators of the production consists of an all-star line up of national treasures.
Fionn Whitehead – Dorian Gray
Alfred Enoch – Harry Wotton
Joanna Lumley – Lady Narborough
Emma McDonald – Sibyl Vane
Russell Tovey – Basil Hallward
Stephen Fry – The Interviewer
Writer – Henry Filloux-Bennett
Director – Tamara Harvey
Set and costume design – Holly Pigott
Assistant Director – Eleri Jones
Director of Photography – Benjamin Collins
Sound Design & Music – Harry Smith
Additional music – Jared Zeus
How to watch
The show will run from 16th -31st March, with all dates provided with an easy, individual ‘buy ticket’ button on the official website. Once you have purchased your ticket you will receive a booking confirmation including your screening link. This link will be active on the date you have booked to view The Picture of Dorian Gray and will expire after 48 hours.
Additionally, CC (Closed Captioning) is available on all shows throughout the run, and AD (Audio Description) is available on shows from 23rd -31st (inclusive) with both clearly labelled for audiences when looking for tickets with accessibility.
Buy tickets here.