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Matthew Bourne's Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde’s classic gothic fable, becomes a darkly seductive dance theatre event from master storyteller, Matthew Bourne.

about production

Set in the image-obsessed worlds of contemporary art and politics, this dark 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 themes behind Wilde’s cautionary tale - the destructive power of beauty; the blind pursuit of pleasure; the darkness and corruption that lie beneath the charming façade - have never been more timely.

The cast includes Richard Winsor (Edward in Edward Scissorhands, Angelo in The Car Man) as Dorian Gray, Michela Meazza  (Lana in The Car Man, Joyce in Edward Scissorhands) as Lady H and Aaron Sillis (The Car Man) as Basil Hallward.
Matthew Bourne's first new production in almost three years 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.

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Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Wednesday 3rd – Saturday 6th June

Milton Keynes Theatre
Tuesday 9th  – Saturday 13th June

Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna Festival
Friday 19th  – Sunday 21st June

The Alhambra, Bradford
Tuesday 30th June – Saturday 4th July

Sadler’s Wells
Tuesday 7th – Sunday 19th July

Mossovet Theatre, Chekhov Festival, Moscow
Tuesday 28th July – Sunday 2nd August

The Curve, Leicester
Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th September

The Lyceum, Sheffield
Tuesday 22nd – Saturday 26th September

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Tuesday 29th September – Saturday 3rd October

The New Wimbledon Theatre
Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th October

The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 21st – Saturday 24th October

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Tuesday 27th – Saturday 31st October

The Swan, High Wycombe
Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th November

Birmingham Hippodrome
Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th November

The New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st November


"Dorian Gray is Bourne again. A 21st-century makeover that works astoundingly well"
"Wilde and wild in all the most brilliantly telling ways"
"Bourne is a deft storyteller with sharp characterization and witty detail"
"A beautiful and perfect, wordless essay on these lives and times"
Financial Times
"Packed with clever references and genuine wit….the most successful dance production ever at the Festival"