The statue of Dorian Gray at Arts Center Melbourne

Sydney Theater Company’s groundbreaking one-person show makes its Melbourne debut.

Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel Dorian Gray’s photo is such a beloved classic it’s hard to imagine feeling refreshingly contemporary in 2022. But a new adaptation by Sydney Theater Company’s Artistic Director Kip Williams takes this celebrated tale of hedonism and vanity and thrills and reinvents it in an ambitious one-person play starring Eryn Jean Norvill.

From Sunday 5 June, the acclaimed spectacle can be seen at the Arts Center Melbourne as part of Rising Festival. After a much-discussed season in Sydney that was extended twice in 2020, these limited appearances mark the highly anticipated debut in Melbourne.

Williams, who also directs, has frequent collaborator Norvill play 26 characters in Dorian Gray, the gothic tale of an aristocrat’s sinful attempts to defy aging, with horrifying consequences. The staging itself is an unconventional blend of live video, cutting-edge contemporary theater design and lavish historical drama, reimagining the classic narrative for a new subset of theatergoers.

Williams has previously adapted classic plays such as: Suddenly last summer and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Tickets start at $80.

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This article was produced by Broadsheet in association with The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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