The Picture of Dorian Gray

Date(s) - 16 Apr 2022
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay, Sydney

Open Captioned Performance: Saturday, 16 April 2022 at 1.30pm

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By Oscar Wilde
Adapted and directed by Kip Williams

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.

This breathtaking production sees a single performer nimbly shapeshift to play all of the dark tale’s 26 characters in an audacious cascade of theatrical transformations. Eryn Jean Norvill will reprise her “out of this world” (Limelight) performance for this highly-anticipated encore season. For three performances, Nikki Shiels (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) will take on the role in this gripping, funny and ambitious one-person show.

Building on a career-long fascination with theatrical innovation and spectacular reinventions of classic stories (Suddenly Last Summer, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui), STC Artistic Director Kip Williams has written an adaption of Wilde’s century-old fable of beauty and a deal with the devil that is a magnificent mirror to our times. After a smash-hit premiere in 2020, Williams returns with 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).

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).

Approx. duration 2 hrs (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Adult themes, drug use, suicide, theatrical haze and herbal cigarettes. Subject to change. More info.

Original production supported by Frances Allan & Ian Narev, and Megan Grace & Brighton Grace.

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