Wilde’s only novel on stage for anniversary

The Picture of Dorian Gray. Picture by Evolutions Photo
The Picture of Dorian Gray. Picture by Evolutions Photo

A thrilling adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s only novel to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its publication is coming on tour to Alnwick.

Fresh from a critically-acclaimed UK tour and West End run of The Trials of Oscar Wilde, European Arts Company is back with The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The Picture of Dorian Gray. Picture by  Evolutions Photo

The Picture of Dorian Gray. Picture by Evolutions Photo

Adapted by Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor, it is being performed at Alnwick Playhouse next Friday at 7.30pm.

Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful, narcissistic young man becomes infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him.

He makes a Faustian pact that he will remain forever young while the picture grows old.

Combining drawing-room comedy and gothic horror, this is a gripping and hugely entertaining theatrical event that showcases Wilde’s remarkable talent.

The production is touring to 55 venues all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, finishing on June 20, at St James’ Studio Theatre in London on the exact date 125 years ago that Wilde’s only novel was published.

The Picture of Dorian Gray features a talented cast familiar from stage and screen, including Guy Warren-Thomas as Dorian Gray, Gwynfor Jones as Lord Henry, Rupert Mason as Basil Hallward and Helen Keeley as Sybil Vane.

It is directed by Peter Craze with a lighting design by Duncan Hands and set/costume design by Dora Schweitzer.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is supported by Arts Council England and Unity Theatre Trust in association with the charity Stonewall.

European Arts Company is a national and international touring theatre company based at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, Kent.

For the past 13 years, they have been touring classic plays all over the UK, Ireland, Germany, Greece and Italy.

Tickets, £11, £12 premier, £8 child/student, are available from the Playhouse box office in person, on 01665 510785 or www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk