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The Gate Theatre
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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde

Venue Gate Theatre
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Adapted By Gavin Kostick
Directed by Alan Stanford
Design by Bruno Schwengl
Lighting Design by Rupert Murphy
Cast includes William Oxborrow, Stephen Brennan, Robert O'Mahoney, Tom Hickey, Jennifer O'Dea, Simon O'Gorman, Anan Bledsoe, Des Cave, David Heap and David O'Brien

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"How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young...If it were any other way!...For that - I would give everything!"

Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray longs for eternal youth and wishes that his portrait would bear the effects of his ageling while he remained young and beautiful. Encouraged by Lord Henry, he dedicates his life to the worship of things beautiful and despises self-denial and conscience. Finally, distorted by the marks of sin, the portrait confronts Dorian with a devestating moral judgement.

Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin iin 1854. His first volume of poems was published in 1881, but it was The Picture of Dorian Gray and his four great social comedies, writted in the early 1890's which established his reputation. When it was first published, Dorian Gray created a sensation, causing heated public debate over art verses morality. In 1895, after a libel action against the Marquis of Queensbury, Wilde was tried adn found guilty of homosexual conduct, and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment. During his trial the novel was used as evidence against him.

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