Critical Acclaim for Dorian
A round up of some of the best press quotes from the 2007 and 2008 production
***** (5 Stars) “Dorian Gray is Bourne again.
A 21st-century makeover that works astoundingly well”
"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"
**** (4 Stars)
“A great show, witty, timely, beautifully designed, sometimes chilling, hugely entertaining”
**** (4 Stars) "Wilde about Bourne’s take on modern celebrity… wall to wall dancing…full of character and storytelling, at the same time pared down and truthful"
**** (4 Stars) "Wilde and wild in all the most brilliantly telling ways"
**** (4 Stars) “Bourne has a brilliant eye… a deft storyteller with sharp characterization and witty detail…the cast are terrific”
“A beautiful and perfect, wordless essay on these lives and times”
**** (4 Stars) “Dorian play thrills. Glorious!”
"Dorian Gray" is a slick, chic crowd-pleaser …even more appropriate to our self-regarding society than to the dandyish days of 1891”
“Bourne gives a more compelling account of Dorian’s downfall than Wilde… a serious work, and arguably one that reveals his most sustained theatrical thinking to date”
**** (4 Stars) "Bourne pictures a most-modern Gray...a brutal comment on modern celebrity and the futility of hedonism…genuinely disconcerting"
“Bourne has a near flawless record of combining dark themes with ballet and mass appeal…. One of the hot tickets of the year”
***** (5 Stars) “It's tempting to imagine what Wilde would make of it, and when the result is as intelligent and moving as this, it's not a great liberty to believe he'd be proud. The only question now is how Bourne can possibly top this.”
“Bourne's slick, sophisticated and sexy creation…abounds in truly beautiful stage imagery”
"An exhilaratingly ingenious updating of the novel"
“Packed with clever references and genuine wit….the most successful dance production ever at the Festival”
**** (4 Stars) “Wilde night out… with thrilling energy, the cast weave themselves around each other and the revolving set to Terry Davies expansive score…graphic to the end, this pulls no punches”
“Performed by an outstanding cast”
“The striking and expressive Richard Winsor… charts the characters downfall with aplomb”
“Allow yourself to be seduced by this thrillingly up-to-date new look at a timeless cautionary tale.”
“The thing about Bourne is that he never puts a foot wrong and this time he steps into an exciting new territory of sumptuous satirical dance-making which surely we've all been waiting for.”
“The company is excellent… Winsor and Sillis dance their socks off (as well as most of their clothes) and Meazza is a lethal cocktail of Cruella DeVil and Cyd Charisse”
"I've rarely seen this kind of energy on stage and this kind of enjoyment in an audience. It's spectacularly crowd-pleasing"
BBC RADIO 4 – FRONT ROW
"This country’s most popular choreographer… takes us into very dark territory, but the spectacle is never less than theatrical…I suspect that Bourne’s huge and diverse audience will happily follow him to hell and back"
**** (4 Stars) “Wickedly witty… This 21st-century Dorian Gray is, his boldest - and raciest - venture yet… a series of male duets that crackle with jaw-droppingly athletic lust”
“Lez Brotherston's rotating set is wonderful, right down to the diamond skull that functions as a disco glitterball.”
“Lez Brotherstons set is simple genius."
**** (4 Stars) “Masterly…accolades belong to Bourne. Dorian Gray is a personal turning point for him and a promise of exciting times ahead for the rest of us.’
‘A slick and raunchy update of Oscar Wilde’s gothic tale.’
“Winsor's Dorian is eye-candy extraordinaire, and knows it, while Michela Meazza, the manipulative Lady H, is a slink of couture-clad evil”
"Richard Winsor makes an eye- poppingly sexy Dorian."
"Michela Meazza is truly magnetic."
“A superb score by Terry Davies that ranges from pulsating techno beats to classical piano arrangements.”
“Complemented by Terry Davies' funky, atmospheric and sometimes counter-pointedly lyrical score”
“Terry Davies score – the perfect soundtrack to Dorian’s world”
“Lez Brotherston’s genius design”
“Indecently talented….The hottest ticket of Edinburgh 2008”
“A fantastic, different, brave and honest show”
PRESS ARTICLES JUNE/JULY/AUG '08
'The really Wilde show: Matthew Bourne takes on Dorian Gray'
Lynne Walker meets ballet's most daring choreographer
(Click here to read the full article - July 23rd 2008)
'Because Wilde's worth it'
Dorian Gray reimagined as a gay aftershave model for our times? Star choreographer Matthew Bourne tells Judith Mackrell why he couldn't resist
(Click here to read the full article - June 12th 2008)
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL LAUNCH - April 2008
"Matthew Bourne's take on Dorian Gray tops Edinburgh bill"
"The highlight of this years Festival"
THE EVENING NEWS (Scotland)
"This is sure to be one of the hot tickets of the year"
THE EVENING STANDARD
"The Festival has secured a major coup with a brand new show from acclaimed choreographer, Matthew Bourne"
"Matthew Bourne: 21st Century Wilde man"
THE HERALD (Scotland)
(Click here to read the full article - April 5th 2008)
"Our coolest choreographer's latest work turn's Dorian Gray into a modern It boy - Welcome to the Bourne supremacy"
THE SUNDAY TIMES
(Click here to read the full article April 6th 2008)
"We await it with bated breath"
"Sounds like a deliciously decadent cross between "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Devil Wears Prada"
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