We’re getting a new, contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the cast is incredible.
The new online production of The Picture of Dorian Gray stars Fionn Whitehead, Alfred Enoch, Russell Tovey and Stephen Fry. It’s written by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Tamara Harvey.
According to the Gay Times, the production will “utilize elements found in radio plays, films and documentaries, as well as traditional theatrical techniques” to make a version of the story like we’ve never seen before.
“In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal,” the description reads. “For his social star to never fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always remain. But as his mental health starts to decline, as corruption and murderous depravity start to creep into his world, the true and horrific cost of his deal will soon need to be met.”
Whitehead is known for his lead role in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, and has also starred in the Black Mirror interactive episode Bandersnatch. Enoch starred as Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter films and later as Wes Gibbins in Shonda Rhimes’ How to Get Away With Murder.
Tovey is known for his work in the BBC series Being Human, HBO’s Looking, the ABC show Quantico, and Russell T. Davies’ hit series Years and Years, for which he was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award.
Fry is one of England’s most legendary actors and comedians, known for A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, QI, and countless other projects, including the AIDS drama It’s a Sin. He previously played Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film Wilde, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Harvey, the production’s director, said that in the current world, “the thing you need from your cast more even than talent is a spirit of collaboration, combined with patience, kindness, and large doses of humor.” She added, “Every member of our cast for Dorian Gray brought that and more. They are not only ridiculously talented, but also - perhaps more importantly - they’re all genuinely lovely people, which has made the making of this piece a joy.
The new production of Dorian Gray will be available to stream from March 16-31, with online performances every day. Once you buy your ticket online, you’ll be sent a link that will activate the day you purchased tickets for and expire after 48 hours. Tickets cost £12.