A new production of Oscar Wilde's classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is coming to The Harrow Arts Centre this June.
Fresh from a West End run of The Trials of Oscar Wilde, European Arts Company returns with a thrilling adaptation of Wilde's only novel.
Adapted by Harrow local John O'Connor, and Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde's only grandson, this production is a very special one, as this year marks the 125th anniversary of the book's publication.
The story tells the tale of a beautiful young man, Dorian Gray, who is so obsessed with his looks that he wishes to be young forever; this wish is granted, and his portrait ages, while he remains eternally youthful.
John O'Connor said: "There's a lot of responsibility, as people are so passionate and personal about the original. We've tried to be as faithful as possible to the text.
"The play has interesting parallels to 21st century culture. We're more obsessed with appearances than the Victorians; Twitter and Facebook... We're presenting our best selves."
The duo have presented Wilde's plays before, including Lady Windermere's Fan. They have also shown Dorian Gray before, in Italy.
Interestingly, this production will not contain the physical horrifying portrait (that becomes more ravaged over the course of the story), but instead will let the audience's minds run wild.
O'Connor said: "Audiences like being disturbed. The horror will be in the audience's head. We really embraced that, and it's something quite magical."
The Times called the adaptation: "A perfectly judged rendering by European Arts Company".
So get down to Harrow Arts Centre this June for this magical Victorian Gothic thriller.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is coming to the Harrow Arts Centre on Friday June 12, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 each or £8 for concessions. For more information, head to the official website.