This event has now finished. Until Feb 1 2009
Time Out says
If director-writer Linnie Reedman's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' proves anything, it is that the book is fundamentally unsuited to the stage. Wilde's gothic novel tells the tale of a young narcissist, Dorian, who wishes his portrait would age instead of him. As he succumbs to ever-more-dreadful vices, his picture becomes grotesque while his face remains unmarked. The decadent atmosphere of sensuous horror is amplified by the imagination of the reader – whose ideas of his beauty and his vices are vaguer and more terrifying than anything that could be made palpable on stage. That said, it's hard to imagine anything more clunkingly palpable than a dancer in a cat-mask thrusting her head through an empty frame (why?) at the climactic moment when Dorian confronts his portrait.