The Picture of Dorian Gray 2020

In a new adaptation packed with witticisms, Oscar Wilde’s century-old moral fable is as devilishly wicked today as on its debut.

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Play

Information on this page relates to our 2020 season of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Find details about our 2022 season here.

 

 

"A thrilling production.” The Australian
★★★★★ The Guardian  ★★★★★ Time Out
★★★★★ Limelight  ★★★★★ Audrey Journal
★★★★★ Arts Hub  ★★★★½ Sydney Morning Herald

 

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

 

By Oscar Wilde
Adapted and directed by Kip Williams

 

World premiere

 

A classic story gets a Wilde twist

 

Oscar Wilde’s century-old moral fable, packed with witticisms, is as devilishly wicked today as on its debut.

 

Seeing himself in a dazzling new portrait, an exquisite young man makes a Faustian wish for eternal youth. Dorian Gray throws himself into a life of wanton luxury drifting from the pampered salons of Victorian London to the darkest recesses of the capital, and revelling in the splendour of his beauty which remains forever golden. Meanwhile, the portrait – banished to an attic – becomes more and more grotesque.

 

This new interpretation of Wilde’s only novel is adapted and directed by Artistic Director Kip Williams. Collaborating once again with Eryn Jean Norvill (Suddenly Last Summer, Romeo and Juliet), Williams’ reimagining will see Norvill performing every role in the story in an audacious cascade of theatrical transformations. The inventive use of live video that made Suddenly Last Summer and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui so visually compelling will capture and amplify every move.

 

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.”  Lord Henry

 

Approx. duration 2 hours (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Adult themes, drug use, the use of theatrical haze and herbal cigarettes. Subject to change. More info.
Wear a mask. You are required to wear a mask at all times whilst visiting our venue, including during the performance. More info.

 

VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION

 

Your safety is important to us. We have enhanced health and hygiene methods in place, following NSW Government COVIDSafe guidelines and expert public health advice. Please note: You are required to wear a mask at all times whilst visiting our venue, including during the performance. Please bring a mask with you and please ensure you are masked on Hickson Road before approaching STC Staff at theatre doors.

 

The current Public Health Order allows theatres to continue to perform at 75% of capacity. STC is one of a few venues in Sydney that was previously granted an exemption by NSW Health that allowed us to perform to 75% capacity on the strength of our safety protocols and data collection processes and these continue to be enforced. We will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation and will notify ticket holders with any changes.

 

All tickets sold from Tue 1 Dec will not be socially-distanced from other audience members.

 

Please read our Visitor Safety Information before you visit.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $103
B Reserve $93
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $50

 

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $110
B Reserve $100

 

Restricted view seats*
Mon - Thu $45
Fri & Sat $50
* These seats have an impeded view of certain scenes. Please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 with any questions.

 

Preview performances
All tickets $50

 

Transaction fees may apply
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

 

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.

 

 

DATES

 

Previews 24 - 27 November 2020
Season 30 November - 23 December 2020
Season extension 2 - 9 January 2021

 

Performance start times
Preview performances 7.30pm
In-season evening performances Mon & Tue 6.30pm; Wed – Sat 7.30pm
Matinee performances Wed 1pm; Sat 1.30pm

 

Approx. duration 2 hours (no interval). Subject to change. More info.


TICKET INFORMATION

 

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $103
B Reserve $93
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $50

 

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $110
B Reserve $100

 

Restricted view seats*
Mon - Thu $45
Fri & Sat $50
* These seats have an impeded view of certain scenes. Please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 with any questions.

 

Preview performances
All tickets $50

 

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

 

Transaction fees may apply
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

 

Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.

 

Access requirements
For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats.

 

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info..

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM

 

 

Kip-Williams

Kip Williams

Adapter / Director

 

 

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Marg Horwell

Designer 

 

 

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Nick Schlieper

Lighting Designer

 

 

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Clemence Williams

Composer & Sound Designer

 

 

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David Bergman

Video Designer

 

 

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Eryn Jean Norvill

Dramaturg

 

 

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Paige Rattray

Production Dramaturg

 

 

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Danielle Roffe

Voice and Text Coach

 

 

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Ian Michael

Assistant Director

 

CAST

 

 

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Eryn Jean Norvill

 

 

 

Marketing image Rene Vaile

 

 

This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead-up to the production, and if there are any changes to the team. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information about each play by opting in to our enewsletter.

 

 

 

INSIGHT EVENTS

 

We offer a range of free and ticketed events designed to give you further insight into our plays. Find out more about our Insight Events.

 

Pre-season Briefing - Cancelled
Mon 16 Nov 6.45pm
Roslyn Packer Theatre
FREE, but bookings are essential as capacity is limited.

 

Night with the Artists - Rescheduled
New date: Mon 7 Dec post-show

 

 

★★★★★"Eryn Jean Norvill dazzles in [this] ambitious, whip-smart production... she is one of the most gifted actors of her generation." The Guardian

 

★★★★★ “Norvill produces some of the most virtuosic theatre I have ever witnessed, on stage or screen ... A performance that will surely be remembered as one of the greatest ever seen on an Australian stage.” Time Out

 

★★★★★ “The Picture of Dorian Gray is unlike anything I’ve ever seen on stage. It dazzles and constantly surprises. It captures Wilde’s wit and wickedly astute insights, and presents them in exhilarating fashion for contemporary audiences. Genius.” Limelight

 

★★★★★ “A once in a lifetime event.” Arts Hub

 

★★★★★ “An astonishing feat... See it if you can. This is novel-to-stage translation in the world-class league.” Audrey Journal

 

“An astonishing portrayal of spirit and skill …Kip Williams and his team have created a thrilling production.” The Australian

 

★★★★½ “Not only is this Williams' finest work as an adaptor and director, it is Norvill's as an actor ... [The creative team] have brought Wilde's extraordinary tale to throbbing, violent, beautiful, disturbing and magical life.” Sydney Morning Herald

 

"The strength of the show lies in the brilliant combination of Williams’ confident direction and an extraordinary performance from Eryn Jean Norvill, who is emerging as one of the best actors of her generation." The Conversation

 

“It is a thrilling production, fast-paced and very attractive, able to hold us captive with stunning sights and sounds, inventive from start to finish.” Suzy Goes See

 

 

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