The Picture of Dorian Gray

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Hamer Hall

Session Times

Sun 5 Jun: 6:00 PM
Tues 7 Jun: 7:30 PM


Tues – Thurs: 7:00 PM
Fri: 7:30 PM
Sat: 2:00PM, 7:30PM
Sun: 1:00PM, 6:00PM

Sydney Theatre Company’s ground-breaking one-person show makes its Melbourne debut, seamlessly blending live video and theatre to bring 26 characters to life.

Hailed as a “dizzyingly beautiful tour de force” (The Guardian) and “a theatrical coup to rival the best of Robert Lepage or Complicité” (Sydney Morning Herald), The Picture of Dorian Gray is a monumental work of Australian theatre and an odyssey of theatrical storytelling, featuring an awe-inspiring performance from Eryn Jean Norvill that is “out of this world” (Limelight).

Building on a career-long fascination with theatrical innovation and spectacular reinventions of classic stories (Suddenly Last Summer, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Director Kip Williams has written and directed an adaption of Wilde’s century-old fable of beauty and a deal with the devil that is a magnificent mirror to our times. Now Williams returns with long-time collaborator Norvill and a team of some of Australia’s finest theatre-makers, to reconjure a production “that will surely be remembered as one of the greatest ever seen on an Australian stage” (Time Out).

This one-person show is an Olympic act of performance: a sole performer nimbly shapeshifting to play all of the dark tale’s 26 characters in an audacious cascade of theatrical transformations. A scintillating mix of cutting-edge contemporary theatre design, lush period drama, and astonishing live video, this vibrantly contemporary adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray is gripping, funny and has rightfully been celebrated as “genius” (Limelight).

Opening as part of RISING Festival.

For select performances of the season, Nikki Shiels will take the stage as the alternate performer in The Picture of Dorian Gray.