The production, based on Oscar Wilde’s novel will be streamed from the 16th to the 31st March.
It has been announced that Fionn Whitehead, star of Dunkirk and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch will be taking on the title role in this new digital production of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The Barn Theatre in Cirencester, the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich are joining up once again to co-produce the production, along with the Oxford Playhouse in Oxfordshire and Theatr Clwyd in Mold.
This new digital production is set to feature an adaption by Henry Filloux-Bennett, with direction by Tamara Harvey.
Set in a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social star never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always remain. But as his mental health starts to decline, as corruption and murderous depravity start to creep into his world, the true and horrific cost of his deal will soon need to be met.
Talking about this production, Henry Filloux and Tamara Harvey said: “So many of us have found ourselves living in an ever more online world over the last year. But the benefits and the connections digital have offered us come with a darker side – deterioration in mental health, isolation, online manipulation to name just a few. Following ‘What a Carve Up!’ we really wanted to explore what would happen if you brought Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps.”
The production will be available internationally, running until the 31st March. Tickets can be purchased at pictureofdoriangray.com with audience members receiving a screening link which will activate on their booked performance date for a 48-hour period. Tickets are priced at £12 which will include both a link to the production as well as a digital programme. Audio description and closed captioning will be made available for the production during its run.