The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • From Thursday, 27 September 2012
  • To Saturday, 24 November 2012
  • Showing on the Abbey Stage
  • Running time: 2 hours and 30mins plus interval

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wilde’s iconic fable, especially commissioned from leading theatre-maker Neil Bartlett for the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival

I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.

The Abbey Theatre presents Wilde’s iconic fable, especially commissioned from leading theatre-maker Neil Bartlett for the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival.

A disturbing tale of a young man’s uncanny ability to remain both young and beautiful while descending into a life of heartless debauchery, The Picture of Dorian Gray was considered proof of both Wilde’s genius and his perversion. His scandalous best-seller of 1891 was one of the most damning pieces of evidence used against him in the trial that brought about his downfall.

This new staging of his black-hearted masterpiece brings literature’s most dangerous anti-hero back to contemporary theatrical life in Bartlett’s trademark visual, flamboyant style.

Neil Bartlett, one of Britain’s most acclaimed and original theatre-makers, returns to the Abbey Theatre following the success of the award-winning An Ideal Husband in 2008. A theatre radical, Neil Bartlett’s recent collaborations are at the forefront of international theatre making and include work with Complicite, Improbable, Lepage, Handspring (creators of Warhorse) and Artangel.

‘…Bartlett has a brilliantly contemporary understanding of Wilde’
The Irish Times

‘…an artist who can really change the way people feel’
The Observer

Booking Details:

Wednesday 3 October – Saturday 24 November
Previews: Thursday 27 September 2012 – Tuesday 2 October
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2pm
On the Abbey stage

Please note: This play contains some strong language.

Assisted Performances
Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 8 November
Audio described and captioned performance: Saturday 10 November
Matinee Club: Saturday 10 November

Ticket prices: €18 – €40 / Conc. €13 – €25

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Reviews: What you said

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I liked the play very much. The use of that Greek chorus estranged us now and then from the reality and made the play to a morality play, which it of course is. A good idea was not to show any painting of Dorian Gray, only dark colours on the canvas. The actors were all excellent, especially those acting Dorian grey and Lord Henry.

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Congratulations to Charlotte and the whole cast and crew on a wonderful production. I attended the play last Saturday and I was captivated! The play has a star-studded cast and it is stylish and thought provoking. I loved the clever use of the chorus and the microphones to comment and clarify the action. Lord Henry, Basil and Dorian were incredible as was the tragic Sybil. Charlotte’s reappearance as the Duchess was superb (what a very convincing accent), along with the rest of the cast she looked wonderful is her excellent wig and magnificent & entirely appropriate costume to transport the audience to another time and place. The play had a timeless quality and lessons still completely relevant to a 21st century audience were not lost on this audience.
Well done to The Abbey! You never fail to impress and we are already looking forward to seeing ‘The Dead’ in December.

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Loved this adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray!

Excellent performances by all the very talented cast.  Jasper Britton was my personal favourite - his portrayal of Lord Henry was as charming and seductive as the character himself.

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I rang yesterday requesting info re parking and somewhere to eat nearby the theatre.  I was speaking to a very pleasant man who was more than helpful.  We were in the abbey last night - 30 Oct. and I just want to say we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Thank you all.

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It was amazing. The actors were so professional; they really brought Wilde’s work to life.  The sets and the production were marvellous.This was one of the best plays that I’ve ever seen; much more than I ever expected. Well done to everyone concerned.

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Absolutely incredible! The cast are unbelievably talented, the emotion was palpable right through to the end. I loved it!

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