Oscar Wilde’s classic gothic fable, becomes a darkly seductive dance theatre event from master storyteller, Matthew Bourne.
"A fantastically exciting, imaginative, gripping and thrilling evening in the theatre...
a vision of the story that
Oscar would have recognised.
Like the original it is sexy, dizzying, tumultuous, frightening and profoundly moral. You will be swept away"
Set in the image obsessed world of contemporary art and politics, this “black fairy tale” tells the story of an exceptionally alluring young man who makes a pact with the devil.
Amongst London’s beautiful people, DORIAN GRAY is the “It Boy” - An icon of beauty and truth in an increasingly ugly world.
The destructive power of beauty, the blind pursuit of pleasure and the darkness and corruption that lies beneath the charming façade; The themes behind Wilde’s cautionary tale have never been more timely.
Matthew Bourne’s latest production reunites the team that created the double Olivier award-winning hit “PLAY WITHOUT WORDS” (Designer, Lez Brotherston, Composer, Terry Davies and Lighting Designer, Paule Constable).
In August 2008, during it's sell-out World Premiere performances, DORIAN GRAY became the most successful dance production in the over 60 year history of The Edinburgh International Festival.
WINNER - Manchester Evening News Awards - BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION 2010
WINNER - Edinburgh Festival HERALD ANGEL AWARD for Excellence at the 2008 Festival
NOMINATION - OUTSTANDING COMPANY - National Dance Awards 2008
NOMINATION - MATTHEW BOURNE - BEST CHOREOGRAPHY - Whatsonstage Awards 2008
In August 2008 Dorian Gray became the most successful dance production in the 62 year history of the Edinburgh International Festival. It played to over 13,000 people beating the record previously held by Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut.
2008 UK Tour: Plymouth, Edinburgh (2 weeks), Sadler’s Wells (2 weeks), Norwich and Newcastle, with the final show of original company 27 September 2008.
The 2009 UK and International Tour played, Bromley, Milton Keynes, Ravenna, Parma, Bradford, Sadler’s Wells (2 weeks), Moscow, Leicester, Sheffield, Glasgow, Wimbledon, Manchester, Cardiff, High Wycombe, Birmingham, Woking, with the final show on 21 November 2009 after 155 performances.