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 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 its sell-out World Premiere performances, Dorian Gray became the most successful dance production in the over 60 year history of The Edinburgh International Festival.
A fantastically exciting, imaginative, gripping and thrilling evening in the theatre ... a vision of the story that Oscar would have recognised … sexy, dizzying, tumultuous, frightening and profoundly moral. You will be swept away.Stephen Fry
The History of the Show
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.
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Awards & Reviews
WINNER of Edinburgh Festival's Herald Angel Award for Excellence in 2008
NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS 2008
Nominated for Outstanding Company
WHATSONSTAGE AWARDS 2008
Matthew Bourne nominated for Best Choreography
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS AWARDS 2010
Winner of Best New Dance Production