A musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is to premiere online in July.
Following the success of their Gatsby A Musical, filmed and streamed at Cadogan Hall, Ruby in the Dust now present Dorian A Rock Musical.
This exciting new production gives Oscar Wilde’s classic an epic, modern twist with a newly composed score that sears through the action, propelled by influences from Bowie to Brecht.
A rock star, trapped in eternal adolescence, wants to change the course of his life and discover love. But, can you find love if you’ve sold your soul to the Devil? Whilst sitting for the eccentric society painter, Basil Hallward, Dorian is discovered by the influential Lord Henry and is soon under the spell of this dangerous, charismatic music impresario. Dorian, the secret child of love and death, is suddenly thrust into a confusing world where love dare not speak its name.
The cast will star Bart Lambert in the title role with John Addison as Lord Henry, Fia Houston-Hamilton as Sibyl Vane, Robert Grose as Charlie Rose, Lewis Rae as Basil Hallward, Johanna Stanton as Lady Henry, Sophie Jugé as Mrs Leaf and Tristan Pegg as Adrian.
The show began life as a reading at Cafe Royal, in the very room where Oscar Wilde used to stage his own readings. Its run at the Other Palace was cancelled just two days before opening night as the pandemic forced the first lockdown in March 2020.
Now, filmed at a secret location in the heart of the West End, it will be brought to audiences online.
Dorian A Rock Musical runs online between 16 July – 12 August on stream.theatre. Tickets are on sale now here for £15.
Composer Joe Evans said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to present Oscar Wilde’s iconic fairy tale in a timeless setting. Oscar Wilde, if not a rock star, would have definitely floated in those circles if he were around today.
“His Gothic prose lends itself perfectly to a rock score, without losing the sense of irony and fun inherent in the text. I am thrilled to be working with such a dream cast who will bring this musical to life. ”
The piece has been written and directed by Linnie Reedman with music by Joe Evans, musical direction by Sophie Jugé, assistant direction by Scott le Crass, lighting by Jamie Platt, costumes by Belle Mundi, movement direction by Anthony Whiteman, additional choreography by Penelope Simons, original set design by Casey Andrews, stage management by Freya Blackwell-Treasure, production management by Kate Edwards and artwork by Alex Jackson.