Ropery Hall celebrates Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

Fresh from a critically acclaimed UK Tour and West End run of The Trials of Oscar Wilde, European Arts Company returns to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall with a thrilling adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its publication.

Adapted by Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor, The Picture of Dorian Gray is set in the decadent world of Victorian London. A beautiful, narcissistic young man 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.

“Combining drawing-room comedy and gothic horror, this is a gripping and hugely entertaining theatrical event that showcases Wilde’s remarkable talent,” said Liz Bennet of Ropery Hall.

The Picture of Dorian Gray features a talented cast familiar from stage and screen, including Guy Warren-Thomas as Dorian Gray, Gwynfor Jones as Lord Henry, Rupert Mason as Basil Hallward and Helen Keeley as Sybil Vane.

Directed by Peter Craze, the production is supported by Arts Council England and the Unity Theatre Trust in association with the charity Stonewall.

The tour ends on June 20 at St James Studio Theatre in London on the exact date 125 years ago that the novel was first published.

European Arts Company is a national and international touring theatre company based at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, Kent. For the past 13 years, they have been touring classic plays all over the UK, Ireland, Germany, Greece and Italy.

The performance will be staged on Saturday, May 2, at the Maltkiln Road venue starting at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £12 in advance or £14 on the door  and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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