The Picture of Dorian Gray – a cautionary tale of the dangers of vanity – has embedded itself in popular culture.
But how well do we actually know the story? Go to the Ashcroft Arts Centre on Wednesday to find out.
The journey of this character is what captivated me the most. The second half is much darker and more disturbing than the first.Guy Warren-Thomas
Fresh from a West End run of The Trials of Oscar Wilde, European Arts Company will be at the Fareham venue to perform a brand new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s only novel.
This is to coincide with 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, the cast is led by Guy Warren-Thomas as Dorian Gray (Spooks The Greater Good, Downton Abbey).
Guy has enjoyed the challenge of getting into the morally corrupt character.
He says: ‘The journey of this character is what captivated me the most. The second half is much darker and more disturbing than the first, and I have listened to a lot of [composer] Jocelyn Pook’s music to get myself into character.’
Audiences can expect a faithful adaptation of the novel, including one problematic chapter.
‘In Chapter 12 of the book Dorian ages eighteen years and becomes obsessed with this book, essentially a guide to debauchery, which we depict in a dream sequence,’ says Guy.
‘Not a lot of other adaptations do this. For readers it is a very dense but I found it very revealing as an actor.’
The Picture of Dorian Gray is on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12-13, visit www3.hants.gov.uk/ashcroft