The Picture of Dorian Gray hits the road
Audiences in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney will have the chance to witness the theatrical innovation and spectacle of Artistic Director Kip Williams’ adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray over coming months, as the critically-acclaimed production hits the road.
Eryn Jean Norvill (Suddenly Last Summer, Romeo and Juliet) returns to this thrillingly ambitious production, which premiered in 2020 to five-star reviews, and sold-out two season extensions. Norvill plays all 26 characters in a performance lauded as “one of the greatest ever seen on an Australian stage” (Time Out).
Williams and Norvill are flanked by an incredible creative team, including designer Marg Horwell, lighting designer Nick Schlieper, composer/sound designer Clemence Williams and video designer David Bergman. The team took out four mainstage Sydney Theatre Awards earlier this year – Best Production, Best Direction, Best Stage Design and Best Performance in a Leading Role.
The team is currently rehearsing at The Wharf before taking the show to Australia’s most prestigious international arts festival, Adelaide Festival, from 13 – 20 Mar. They will then return to Sydney for a highly-anticipated encore season at Roslyn Packer Theatre from 28 March – 8 May. Following a landmark first-look agreement between STC and Michael Cassel Group, the production will also head to Melbourne as part of the RISING Festival from 5 Jun – 17 Jul.
Hailed by The Guardian as a “dizzyingly beautiful tour de force”, The Picture of Dorian Gray employs multiple live cameras and pre-recorded video which allow Norvill to shapeshift through an audacious cascade of theatrical transformations.
Williams says Wilde’s interrogation of narcissism and the cult of the individual “feels excitingly relevant”, and that he cannot wait to share this adaptation with more audiences.
“It’s as if Wilde saw the values of a capitalist society emerging about him and prophesied their apotheosis in a world obsessed with the pursuit of youth, beauty, and self gratification, and a world with little to no consideration for the consequences of these pursuits,” Williams says. “When I read the novel, it felt like looking into a mirror of our times.”
For those who missed out on “witnessing something truly extraordinary” (Broadsheet), or for fans keen to relive the magic, don’t miss this chance to behold one of the best nights out in Australian theatre.
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide
13 – 20 Mar
Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney
Sydney Theatre Company
28 Mar – 7 May
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
5 Jun – 17 Jul