Dublin Theatre Festival

Abbey Theatre

The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde

Venue Abbey Theatre
Date 27 Sep - 14 Oct 7.30pm
Duration 2hrs 45mins (inc. interval)

Directed and Adapted by Neil Bartlett
Cast includes Jane Brennan, Jasper Britton, Gerard Byrne, Tom Canton, Aaron Heffernan, Emmet Kirwan, Andrew Macklin, Charlotte McCurry, Frank McCusker, Lise Ann McLaughlin, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, Kate O'Toole, Michael Sheehan, Ali White and Susannah de Wrixon

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“I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.”

The Abbey Theatre presents Wilde’s iconic fable, especially commissioned from leading theatre-maker Neil Bartlett for this year’s Festival.

A disturbing tale of a young man’s uncanny ability to remain both young and beautiful while descending into a life of heartless debauchery, The Picture of Dorian Gray was considered proof of both Wilde’s genius and his perversion. Oscar Wilde’s scandalous best-seller of 1891 was one of the most damning pieces of evidence used against him in the trial that brought about his downfall.

With a company of 16 actors, this new staging of his black-hearted masterpiece brings Wilde’s most dangerous anti-hero back to contemporary theatrical life in Bartlett’s trademark visual, flamboyant style. A theatre radical, Bartlett’s returns to the Abbey after the award-winning An Ideal Husband in 2008. One of Britain’s most acclaimed and original theatre-makers, he has been at the forefront of international theatre working with names such as Complicité, Improbable and Robert Lepage.

"......Bartlett has a brilliantly contemporary understanding of Wilde." The Irish Times
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