Succession’s Sarah Snook stars in one of the hottest London plays of the season: The Picture of Dorian Gray. Book The Picture of Dorian Gray tickets in London on TodayTix.
The Guardian called the show a “dizzyingly beautiful tour de force,” and Time Out declared it a “reinvention of theatre.”
Based on a classic piece of English literature, Oscar Wilde’s novel of the same name, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a stirring, explosive, and digital-forward production adapted and directed by Kip Williams, Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is an archetypal morality tale of a young man who purchases eternal youth at the expense of his soul after meeting Lord Henry, who explains that beauty and youth are fleeting. Dorian Gray embarks on a journey in which he doesn’t age, but a portrait of him does. Increasingly mad by the portrait’s maturation as his body remains gorgeous, but his life remains vacuous, Dorian Gray comes to regret his choice and takes acts to reverse it, propelling him to a bloody conclusion.
The Portrait of Dorian Gray has enjoyed multiple Australian runs; now, it comes to London with stage and screen star Sarah Snook in the lead role.
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 23, 38, 53, 88, 139, 159
Night bus numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 453, N8, N19, N38, N97, N3, N13, N15, N136, N159
Car park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (2mins)
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.
Due to its haunting themes and universal look at ageing and beauty, The Picture of Dorian Gray has been popular since publishing in 1890. Over a century later, the tale has enjoyed various screen and stage adaptations, including a 1945 movie starring Hurd Hatfield, Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, and George Sanders.
Kip Williams’ production stands out thanks to its singular theatricality: reenvisioning the story for a contemporary audience, this version of The Picture of Dorian Gray is a one-person show, a star vehicle in which its leading performer, Emmy Award nominee Sarah Snook, takes on over two dozen roles to tell this singular tale. The play invokes Kip Williams’ particular touch: digital technology and live camera work fuse art forms to make this a specifically twenty-first-century tale of self-obsession.
Sarah Snook stars in the play based on Oscar Wilde's iconic novel about vanity and the consequences of leading a life solely devoted to pleasure and physical beauty.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which is located in London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4HT.
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