NW venues put Dorian in the picture

Published: 23 January 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Fionn Whitehead as Dorian Gray Credit: Pip

Several North West venues will be partners for a new digital production of The Picture of Dorian Gray with Fionn Whitehead, star of Dunkirk and TV’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, in the title role.

Whitehead was the protagonist Tommy in Christopher Nolan’s award-nominated film.

This contemporary reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s classic novel is co-produced by The Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Theatre Clywd and Oxford Playhouse.

It will run for two weeks from March 16-31 and tickets are on-sale now.

Set in a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. But as his mental health starts to decline, the true cost of his deal will soon need to be met.

The production reunites the creative team behind the digital production of What a Carve Up! with Henry Filloux-Bennett writing the new adaptation and direction by Tamara Harvey.

Bolton Octagon’s artistic director Lotte Wakeham said, “I am thrilled we are able to bring this gripping production to audiences. For venues to collaborate and offer shared experiences for audiences is truly wonderful.”

Ticket-holders 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 link to the production as well as a digital programme. Audio description and closed captioning will be available.

Other North West theatres involved are The Dukes in Lancaster, The Lowry, The Torch in Salford and Theatre By The Lake in Keswick.

Age guidance: 16+