The Picture of Dorian Gray (O'Connor/Holland)

by  John O'Connor, Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 1f

'Sin is a thing which writes itself across a man's face. It cannot be concealed.'

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (O'Connor/Holland)

by  John O'Connor Oscar Wilde Merlin Holland

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (O'Connor/Holland)

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful young man called Dorian Gray becomes infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him. He makes a Faustian pact that he will remain forever young while the picture grows old.

Oscar Wilde’s only novel caused an immediate scandal when it was first published in 1890 and its themes of youth and decay, innocence and corruption, art and reality are even more relevant to us in the 21st century than in the 19th.

Adapted by Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor, this delightfully witty version of Wilde’s story incorporates material suppressed from the original manuscript.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
  • Setting: Multiple locations
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 1f
BASIL HALLWARD
LORD HENRY WOTTON
DORIAN GRAY
LADY AGATHA
DUCHESS OF HARLEY
MR ISAACS
SYBIL VANE
LADY HENRY
MRS VANE
JAMES VANE
VICTOR
MRS LEAF
MR HUBBARD
SERVANT 1
SERVANT 2
ALAN CAMPBELL
OPIUM SELLER
ADRIAN SINGLETON
DUCHESS OF MONMOUTH
HETTY MERTON
GAMEKEEPER
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting

Casting Notes

11M 10F – 3M 1F with doubling

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Authors

John O'Connor

John is an actor, director, writer and producer. He studied Drama at the University of Manchester before living and working in Japan. In 2002, he founded the touring theatre group European Arts Company (www.europeanarts.co.uk). Their first production was a British Council sponsored tour of Greece with Harold Pinter's T ...

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L'art pour l'art ("Art for Art's Sake"), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. After he graduated in 1879, he moved to Chel ...

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Merlin Holland

Merlin Holland, the only grandson of Oscar Wilde, is an author living in France. For the last thirty years he has been researching his grandfather's life and works and writes, lectures and broadcasts regularly on the subject in English, French and German. His publications include Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess, the ...

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THe Picture of Dorian Gray premiered at the Queen's Hall Arts Centre in Hexham in April 2015 before touring to 45 different venues in the UK. The production was directed by Peter Craze.

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