Gothic horror Dorian Gray is picture perfect at St James Studio

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Top drama continues in London’s St James Studio this week with an exciting new production of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The drama, which opened last night, celebrates the 125th anniversary of the publication of Wilde’s only novel.

European Arts Company’s thrilling adaptation has been written by Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor, and is the follow up to the sell-out success of The Trials of Oscar Wilde which played in the studio last July.

Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful, narcissistic young man called Dorian Gray 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 play.

The Picture of Dorian Gray features a cast familiar from stage and screen including Guy Warren-Thomas (Spooks The Greater Good, Downton Abbey) as Dorian Gray; Gwynfor Jones (The Woman In Black in the West End, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Oldham Coliseum); Rupert Mason (Eastenders, A Touch of Frost, The Trails of Oscar Wilde for EAC); Helen Keeley (The Importance of Being Earnest, London Classic Theatre).

The Picture Of Dorian Gray runs at the Palace Street venue until Saturday.

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