The Picture of Dorian Gray

New Release at Book Nook - Australia's Performing Arts Bookshop.

Seeing himself in a dazzling new portrait, an exquisite young man makes a Faustian wish for eternal youth. Dorian Gray throws himself into a life of wanton luxury drifting from the pampered salons of Victorian London to the darkest recesses of the capital, and revelling in the splendour of his beauty which remains forever golden. Meanwhile, the portrait – banished to an attic – becomes more and more grotesque.

This ground-breaking adaptation by Kip Williams delivers an explosive interplay of theatrical forms that bring Oscar Wilde’s prophetic fable crashing into the present. All roles are performed by a single actor, with the aid of live cinema.

Kip Williams is an award-winning writer and director of theatre and opera. He is the current Artistic Director and Co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company, a role he has held since November, 2016.

Williams has written and directed for many of Australia’s leading theatre companies and festivals, including Sydney Theatre Company (STC), Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), Malthouse Theatre, Adelaide Festival, Perth Festival, and Melbourne’s RISING Festival, as well as New Zealand’s Auckland Arts Festival. In addition to The Picture of Dorian Gray, Williams’ plays include adaptations of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Dracula and Miss Julie.


Publishing alongside the production at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, directed by Kip Williams and performed by Sarah Snook.
Reviews“[A] dizzyingly beautiful tour de force” - The Guardian
“This is a virtuoso performance in an astonishing piece of theatre” - Financial Times
“Fascinating - and wildly entertaining” - The Stage
“Cuttung-edge piece of mixed-media art, it’s an extraordinary event” -