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The Picture of Dorian Gray
May 7th - May 11th
Tilted Wig Productions, Malvern Theatres and Churchill Theatre present
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
In a society obsessed with youth and beauty, Dorian Gray is given the chance to keep his looks forever. But at what cost…?
“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”
This bold new production based on the classic novel celebrates Wilde’s wonderful language and will appeal to audiences old and new. Featuring Wilde’s famous wit and a stellar cast, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seats right up until the final scenes of the play.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is brought vividly to the stage in 2019 by Tilted Wig Productions.
Jonathan Wrather will take on the role of Lord Henry Wotton. With extensive stage credits he is most recently known to audiences for playing the controversial Pierce Harris in Emmerdale and Joe Carter in Coronation Street.
Recommended for ages 11+
Praise for previous Tilted Wig productions:
“Pretty much perfect version..I loved the production…terrific…bravo” Libby Purves on Great Expectations
“A pacey and coherent display of nimble ensemble acting from an endlessly inventive cast” Olivier Award winning actor Julian Glover
There will be a pre-show talk on Thursday 9th May at 6.15pm. Admission is free. To book please call the box office on 01684 892277 or click HERE.
Production Photographs by Craig Sugden
Choice Radio Worcester
After last year's successful outing of Great Expectations, Tilted Wig Productions have again teamed up with Malvern Theatres, this time to co-produce Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture Of Dorian Gray and, as you would expect, have given it their own contemporary twist.
Set in a colourful but decaying and damp artist's studio, Dorian (Gavin Fowler) is a young man unfettered by the complexities of life and is also a good looking chap who is benefiting - initially at least - from the attentions of painter Basil Hallward (Daniel Goode) who wants to create a portrait of him for posterity.
But then along comes Lord Henry Wotton (Jonathan Wrather) whose own proclivities send Dorian in a different direction with the young and beautiful man ultimately selling his soul to retain his youthful good looks whilst letting the portrait of him face deterioration and ageing. And in doing so, he become a nasty and evil individual.
Henry's wife Victoria (Phoebe Pryce) appears to lead a completely parallel life to be husband, rarely crossing paths with him and with little to say when they do. But she clearly knows more about what goes on with her husband than she lets on.
For Gray, hedonism, indulgence and a fatally-flawed relationship with a young actress follow and with it comes a switch to a more contemporary setting with the debauchery and drug taking set to a choreographed dance piece performed to modern music, all of which lead to his eventual undoing.
The theme of homosexuality is present but subtle, given that when the book was published, this would have been illegal (and caused the book to be not well-received when published in 1890) and poor Basil suffers for his declaration to Dorian.
Wilde wrote that all three main characters represent different images which has of himself: Basil is what he thinks he is, Lord Henry is what the world thinks of him and Dorian is what he would like to be. As such, the book and play is a self-portrait of the author himself.
It is also well worth getting the impressive programme as it contains a lot of information about the author and the play.
I can’t imagine how the superb cast of this play are feeling after a range of draining emotions I’ve just witnessed on stage. They acted their socks off and are to be commended on dealing with a very difficult representation of what is believed to be of Oscar Wilde himself. It was draining, sordid, depressing, funny, and provoking, the list is endless. The three main characters are superb, and it’s a pity the audience response wasn’t more encouraging. Such brilliance needs it.