Jermyn Street Theatre Presents PICTURES OF DORIAN GRAY

Artistic Director Tom Littler has announced new regional theatre partnerships for Jermyn Street Theatre, and complete casting for his forthcoming production of Pictures of Dorian Gray.

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Lucy Shaw's groundbreaking adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Gothic parable, will receive its world premiere at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough this May before transferring to Jermyn Street Theatre in June. It plays there for five weeks before transferring to Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford, where it runs for a further three weeks in association with Creation Theatre.

In Oscar Wilde's iconic novel, sophisticated, amoral aristocrat Henry Wotton seduces the beautiful Dorian Gray into a life of sin and hedonism in fin-de-siecle London. Dorian sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty - and only his portrait seems to age. But will Dorian's pact have a price?

Mixing roles and gender, the production will see the actors switch parts for each performance, giving four different casting possibilities over the course of the run.

The production, which retains all the glittering wit of Wilde's writing, explores perceptions and preconceptions of gender, the balance of power between the artist and their art, attitudes to 'self' and the relationship between manufactured image and reality.

The ensemble cast comprises Richard Keightley (Of Mice and Men - national tour, Twelfth Night - National Theatre), Helen Reuben (who recently made her debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret - English Theatre Frankfurt / Deutsches Theater Munich), Augustina Seymour (Twelfth Night - Chichester Festival Theatre, The Crucible - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and tour) and Stanton Wright (The Winter's Tale - National Theatre, All or Nothing - West End).

Tom Littler said: "We are delighted to partner for the first time with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and with Creation Theatre in Oxford. This follows our collaborations with theatres in Bath, Cumbria, Germany, Newbury, and York, meaning that Jermyn Street Theatre's work is being seen by audiences far and wide. Lucy Shaw's Pictures of Dorian Gray is one of the most brilliant and original adaptations of a novel I've ever read. It's a dazzling exploration of gender, narcissism, of art and how we make it."

The production closes Jermyn Street Theatre's PORTRAIT SEASON, which runs from January to July 2019, and has also included the stage premiere of Rose Heiney's Original Death Rabbit, Trevor Nunn's world premiere production of Harley Granville Barker's Agnes Colander: An Attempt at Life, revised by Richard Nelson, the currently running new play Mary's Babies by Maud Dromgoole, and Howard Brenton's return adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie and new adaptation of Creditors (25 April to 1 June).

Jermyn Street Theatre is an art-house theatre in the heart of London's West End. The 70-seat studio opened in 1994, and has since won numerous awards and transferred many productions to the West End and Broadway. In summer 2017 Tom Littler became Artistic Director. Littler relaunched the venue as a producing house. Jermyn Street Theatre is a signatory to the Equity Fringe Agreement and committed to equal gender representation.

PICTURES OF DORIAN GRAY
By Oscar Wilde, newly adapted by Lucy Shaw
Directed by Tom Littler
Set and lighting designed by William Reynolds
Costumes designed by Emily Stuart
Sound designed by Matt Eaton
Movement by Julia Cave

Starring Richard Keightley, Helen Reuben, Augustina Seymour and Stanton Wright

the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
23 - 31 May
For details and performance schedule www.sjt.uk.com <http://www.sjt.uk.com>

SCARBOROUGH PRESS PERFORMANCE - 23 May

Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street, London
SW1Y 6ST
Wednesday 5 June - Saturday 6 July

* LONDON PRESS PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Press performance A - Male Dorian with male Wotton -10 June 7.30pm
Press performance B - Male Dorian with female Wotton - 11 June 3.30pm
Press performance C - Female Dorian with male Wotton - 11 June 7.30pm
Press performance D - Female Dorian with female Wotton - 12 June 7.30pm


Time
7:30pm Monday to Saturday evenings. 3.30pm Tuesday and Saturday matinees.
Running time: Around 90 minutes.

Tickets
£10 - £30
100 tickets at £10 for under-30s for each production, and £15 preview tickets

A Second Look? Coming back to see the show with a different casting combination, or booking to see it more than once? Only bookable by telephone - £15.

Please note that after Saturday 15 July all tickets are full price.

Online booking & performance schedule
www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk <http://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk>

Phone booking
0207 287 2875

Blackwell's Bookshop Oxford (co-produced with Creation Theatre) - 9 - 27 July.
For details and performance schedule
www.creationtheatre.co.uk.




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