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Photograph: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Photograph: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Five reasons to see ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ in the West End

Starring Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Sarah Snook, this cutting-edge one-woman play is a must-see

Written by Time Out. Paid for by The Picture of Dorian Gray

Looking for a thrilling, brain-stretching night at the theatre that'll stick with you for all the right reasons? This one's for you. ‘Succession’ star Sarah Snook and hotshot Australian director Kip Williams are taking on a classic Oscar Wilde novel and dragging into the 21st century, for a limited run of unforgettable performances. Here's why you should make sure you're there.

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ opens in February 2024 at Theatre Royal Haymarket, and will play for a limited season of 14 weeks. Book tickets now.

It's a fresh take on a literary icon's work
Photograph: Charlie Gray

1. It's a fresh take on a literary icon's work

Generations of readers have been enthralled by Wilde's haunting 1890 novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, which captures the grim downfall of a handsome, decadent man about town who stays forever young, while his portrait becomes grotesquely aged. Whether or not you've enjoyed the book, this pacy staging will sweep you into its world, offering a 21st century take on Victorian London at its most scandalous.

2. It's a groundbreaking new approach to staging the classics

Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Kip Williams has pulled out all the stops on this one, with the show landing a slew of five-star reviews when it premiered in Australia (including ours!). Although Snook is alone on stage, this production is full of richness and complexity, using everything from video footage to incredible costume changes to bring its world to life.

3. It's a chance to see ‘Succession’ star Sarah Snook in a whole new light

If you're used to imagining Snook as a scheming businesswoman in ‘Succession’, get ready to see her in an altogether different way as she takes on the biggest acting challenge of her career. She'll swap genders and transcend age to play a whopping 26 roles, including handsome young Dorian Gray, infatuated artist Basil Hallward, tormented actress Sibyl Vane, and all the bit players who sweep through their bohemian world.

4. Its story is both surreal and totally relatable

Ever looked in the mirror and been horrified by what you see? Or have you ever been infatuated with someone you can't have? Well, then you'll immediately relate to the themes of Wilde's story, which have lost none of their bite over a century on. ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ is a dark warning about the dangers of obsession, either with yourself or with someone else, glittering with a dark supernatural magic of its own.

5. It's on for a limited time only

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ is a monumental feat of acting endurance for Snook, so understandably it's not a show that will run and run. Its 14 week engagement means you've only got a few weeks to see her enthral audiences at the 800-seat historic Haymarket Theatre Royal: act fast, and secure your spot at this one-off theatrical event.  

Book now.

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