The Portrait of Dorian Gray at the Arts Center Melbourne

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

Novel by Oscar Wilde from 1890 Dorian Gray’s photo is a classic so beloved it’s hard to imagine it feeling contemporary in 2022. But a new adaptation from Sydney Theater Company Artistic Director Kip Williams takes this famous tale of hedonism and vanity and brings it back to life. electrifies, reinventing it as an ambitious solo piece starring Eryn Jean Norville.

From Sunday June 5, you can see the critically acclaimed show at the Arts Center Melbourne as part of the Rising Festival. After a highly publicized season in Sydney that was extended twice in 2020, these limited performances mark his 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 guilty attempts to defy aging with chilling consequences. The staging itself is an unconventional blend of live video, cutting-edge contemporary theater design, and lush period drama, reimagining the classic tale for a new subset of viewers.

Williams has already adapted classic pieces such as Suddenly last summer and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Tickets start at $80.

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This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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