One person adaptation of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ set to hit stages in June
11.05.2022

One person adaptation of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ set to hit stages in June

The Picture of Dorian Gray
words by sidonie bird de la coeur

Appearing as part of Melbourne’s RISING festival, the Sydney Theatre Company presents an ambitious and whip-smart adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic text.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a critically acclaimed adaptation of the classic play that has seen a run of sold-out shows, extended seasons and five star reviews during its 2020 premiere season. Exploring the interplay of live and pre-recorded video elements, Eryn Jean Norvill takes to the stage to portray 26 unique characters in a powerhouse performance. A show that has been dazzling audiences across the country, Kip Williams’ adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic fable is beautifully adapted for a modern audience.

What you need to know

  • Adapted and directed by Kip Williams, The Picture of Dorian Gray is coming to Melbourne as part of RISING
  • The play sees actor Eryn Jean Norvill portraying 26 different characters
  • It runs from June 5 to July 31

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An Olympic act of performance, Eryn Jean Norvill’s portrayal of 26 unique characters is not one to be missed. Equal parts funny, gripping and thought provoking, Kip Williams’ adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray is acclaimed as a masterful feat of Australian theatre.

 

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is based on Oscar Wilde’s century-old fable of the same name. Packed with classic Wilde wit and charm, the play follows the young and exquisite Dorian Gray, who makes a Faustian wish for eternal youth after seeing a dazzling portrait of himself. While he throws himself into a life of excessive extravagance, constantly revelling in his unchanging and ageless beauty, the portrait in his attic becomes more grotesque and hideous with each passing day.

“Oscar Wilde’s novel is a thrilling look at a world obsessed with youth and beauty – in many ways a mirror for our times,” says director and adapter, Kip Williams. “It’s been wonderful to see people respond so well to this iconic story and I’m so excited for it to enjoy another life with audiences in Melbourne and beyond.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray runs from June 5 to July 31. Tickets are selling fast, grab them before they go by heading here.