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The Picture of Dorian Gray – All 26 roles played by Sarah Snook
It proved a massive hit in Australia, adapted and directed by Sydney Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Kip Williams. Now Oscar Wilde’s only novel, the gothic horror The Picture of Dorian Gray, which scandalised critics when first published in 1891, is due to make a UK premiere in January 2024 at The Theatre Royal Haymarket.
The critically acclaimed Aussie actor Sarah Snook stars in this ground-breaking adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, playing all 26 roles supported by extraordinary video and on-stage cameras in a contemporary tour de force designed to delight. The Picture of Dorian Gray will begin performances on Tuesday 23rd January 2024, running until 13th April.
Sarah Snook returns to the West End after a ‘searing’ debut in Matthew Warchus’ dazzling 2016 production of The Master Builder, acting opposite Ralph Fiennes. A highly respected performer, she played the marvellous ‘Shiv’ in HBO’s all-time classic TV series Succession, a series that blew the minds of millions and earned her worldwide acclaim along with a Golden Globe Award, and a Critics Choice Award, two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Snook has also netted two Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for her work in film and television, plus a nomination for the Logie Award for most outstanding actress for 2015’s The Beautiful and a Helpmann Award nomination for best female actor in a play for Sydney Theatre Company’s Saint Joan.
What's the story behind The Picture of Dorian Gray?
Kip Williams’ powerful exploration of beauty, hedonism and devilish deals resonates strongly in our modern era of narcissistic obsession with youth. No wonder the Australian season extended twice in Sydney during 2020 and enjoyed widespread acclaim from audiences as well as critics.
As Williams said, “I am thrilled to have the extraordinary Sarah Snook bringing to life the many characters of Oscar Wilde‘s remarkable story.” Co-producer Adam Kenwright calls the plot “one of Oscar Wilde’s most seminal works”, a “benchmark work of modern theatre”, and he is equally excited by the play’s coming West End season.
About The Picture of Dorian Gray
Sydney Theatre Company’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is adapted and directed by Kip Williams, based on the Oscar Wilde book. Design is by Marg Horwell, Lighting Design by Nick Schlieper, Composition and Sound Design by Clemence Williams, and Video Design by David Bergman. The London season is produced by Michael Cassel, Adam Kenwright, Len Blavatnik and Danny Cohen, Daryl Roth, Amanda Lipitz and Henry Tisch, and Jonathan Church. Buy great quality cheap theatre tickets for The Picture of Dorian Gray and prepare to be thrilled.
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