16th June 2021
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Dorian Gray: A New All-Star Digital Production Coming In March

Dorian Gray: A New All-Star Digital Production Coming In March
By Michelle Sciarrotta

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.

The cast

Dorian Gray Cast

Fionn Whitehead – Dorian Gray

Alfred Enoch – Harry Wotton

Joanna Lumley – Lady Narborough

Emma McDonald – Sibyl Vane

Russell Tovey – Basil Hallward

Stephen Fry – The Interviewer

The creators

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

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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.

Also by Michelle Sciarrotta:

Accessibility At The Smith Center Series: Part One

James “Fitz” FitzSimmons Interview: The Boys In The Band On Netflix

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