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Casting announced for Pictures of Dorian Gray at Jermyn Street Theatre

Pictures of Dorian Gray

Casting news

ARTISTIC Director Tom Littler has announced new regional theatre partnerships for Jermyn Street Theatre, and complete casting for his forthcoming production of Pictures of Dorian Gray.

Lucy Shaw’s groundbreaking adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Gothic parable will receive its world premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough this May before transferring to Jermyn Street Theatre, where it runs from June 5 to July 6, 2019.

It will then transfer to Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, where it runs for a further three weeks in association with Creation Theatre.

In Oscar Wilde’s iconic novel, sophisticated, amoral aristocrat Henry Wotton seduces the beautiful Dorian Gray into a life of sin and hedonism in fin-de-siecle London. Dorian sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty – and only his portrait seems to age. But will Dorian’s pact have a price?

Mixing roles and gender, the production will see the actors switch parts for each performance, giving four different casting possibilities over the course of the run.

The production, which retains all the glittering wit of Wilde’s writing, explores perceptions and preconceptions of gender, the balance of power between the artist and their art, attitudes to ‘self’ and the relationship between manufactured image and reality.

The ensemble cast comprises Richard Keightley (Of Mice and Men, national tour, Twelfth Night, National Theatre), Helen Reuben (who recently made her debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, English Theatre Frankfurt/ Deutsches Theater Munich), Augustina Seymour (Twelfth Night, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Crucible, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and tour) and Stanton Wright (The Winter’s Tale, National Theatre, All or Nothing, West End).

Tom Littler said: “We are delighted to partner for the first time with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and with Creation Theatre in Oxford. This follows our collaborations with theatres in Bath, Cumbria, Germany, Newbury, and York, meaning that Jermyn Street Theatre’s work is being seen by audiences far and wide. Lucy Shaw’s Pictures of Dorian Gray is one of the most brilliant and original adaptations of a novel I’ve ever read. It’s a dazzling exploration of gender, narcissism, of art and how we make it.”

Pictures of Dorian Gray closes Jermyn Street Theatre’s Portrait Season, with Creditors and Miss Julie playing in rep from April 25 to June 1, 2019.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.