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Superstardom comes at a price
Viewers at home can watch a streamed production of Oscar Wilde's classic story of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Hosted by Coventry's Belgrade Theatre, the production re-sets Wilde's tale in the modern era and stars Dunkirk's Fionn Whitehead as the ill-fated Dorian.
Digital influencer Dorian makes a deal that his social media star persona will forever shine bright and he will always appear perfect to the world. But behind this idealised image, the corruption and evil of his real-life seep in – and the consequences of his contract will have to be met.
Co-produced by The Barn Theatre, the Lawrence Batley Theatre, the New Wolsey Theatre, Theatr Clwyd and Oxford Playhouse, the show will be streamed online between March 16-31.
Picture of Dorian Gray
Whitehead, who takes on the role of Dorian, is perhaps best known for playing Tommy in the Oscar-winning film Dunkirk but has also featured in the films The Children Act and Don't Tell a Soul as well as the award-winning Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
The updated adaptation has been written by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Tamara Harvey, the team behind the autumn online adaptation of Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up! They say: "So many of us have found ourselves living in an ever more online world over the last year. But the benefits and the connections digital have offered us come with a darker side - deterioration in mental health, isolation, online manipulation to name just a few. We really wanted to explore what would happen if you brought Oscar Wilde's Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps."
Filloux-Bennett and Harvey's recent collaboration, What a Carve Up!, with Fiona Button, Tamzin Outhwaite, Alfred Enoch, Stephen Fry and Sharon D Clarke, was streamed in November 2020 and received the prestigious New York Times Critic's Pick as well as being named one of the best productions of the year by both The Guardian and The Telegraph.
Tickets cost £12 and can be purchased at www.pictureofdoriangray.com/coventry with audience members receiving a screening link which will activate on their booked performance date for a 48-hour period. Audio description and closed captioning will be made available for the production.