New Wolsey announces all-star casting for digital Dorian Gray

Stephen Fry who is joining the digital production of The Picture of Dorian Gray co-produced by the New Wolsey Theatre

Stephen Fry who is joining the digital production of The Picture of Dorian Gray co-produced by the New Wolsey Theatre - Credit: Simon Finlay

The New Wolsey Theatre has announced a star-studded full cast list for its latest digital co-production of The Picture of Dorian Gray being staged later this spring.

Joining previously announced Fionn Whitehead, in the title role, are Alfred Enoch as Harry Wooton, Joanna Lumley as Lady Narborough, Emma McDonald as Sibyl Vane and Russell Tovey as Basil Hallward with Stephen Fry as the Interviewer.

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Joanna Lumley joins the cast of The Picture of Dorian Gray - a digital co-production by the New Wolsey Theatre - Credit: Ian West/PA Images

This updating of this classic Faustian tale has been realised by the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed What a Carve Up!, voted one of the cultural highlights of 2020 in many year-end lists.

The dark, timeless story by Oscar Wilde is brought kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps. Set in a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world, the contemporary take follows influencer Dorian Gray as he makes a deal for his social star never to fade.

The Picture of Dorian Gray will utilise elements found in radio plays, films, documentaries as well as traditional theatrical techniques. Tickets for the production are currently on sale here.

Russell Tovey will be part of a star-studded cast bringing Oscar Wilde's story of Dorian Gray into the 21st century

Russell Tovey will be part of a star-studded cast bringing Oscar Wilde's story of Dorian Gray into the 21st century - Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Archive/PA Images

Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde, this production has been adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett with direction by Tamara Harvey, set and costume design by Holly Pigott, assistant direction by Eleri Jones, Benjamin Collins as director of photography, sound design and original music by Harry Smith and original song by Jared Zeus.


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Director Tamara Harvey is delighted to have such a high profile cast.

He said: “When trying to tell stories in Covid times, with very few resources and almost no time, the thing you need from your cast more even than talent is a spirit of collaboration, combined with patience, kindness and large doses of humour. Every member of our cast for Dorian Gray brought that and more.

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"They are not only ridiculously talented but also – perhaps even more importantly – they’re all seriously good people, which has made the making of this piece a joy.”

The production runs from March 16-31. Audience members will receive a screening link which will activate on their booked performance date for a 48-hour period. Tickets are priced at £12 which will include a digital programme. 

Box Office and education pack enquiries can be made by emailing bookings@pictureofdoriangray.com
 

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