When it was first published in 1890, The Picture of Dorian Gray caused an outcry. Oscar Wilde’s Faustian story of aestheticism and duplicity, of hedonism and self-indulgence as “vulgar” and “unclean”, “poisonous” and “discreditable”, moving W H Smith to remove copies of the magazine in which it was published from their bookshelves. Wilde afterwards tried to moderate some of the more homoerotic references in the book and to simplify the book’s moral message. In spite of upsetting Victorian sensibilities, the novel, which tells the story of a handsome young man who somehow preserves his youthful beauty whilst his hidden portrait gradually discloses his inner ugliness, was to become a classic and has since inspired resulting generations of musicians, filmmakers, artists and playwrights.
Adapted by Linnie Reedman with music and lyrics by Joe Evans, in this adaptation by Ruby In The Dust, Dorian Gray recreates the dark, murky underbelly of late Nineteenth Century London, with the tawdry theatres, burlesque bars, cabaret clubs and opium dens into which the eponymous anti-hero descends, far far away from the opera houses, the salons and the gentlemen’s clubs that he likes to be seen in.
Formed in 2006 by Young Vic genesis director Linnie Reedman and acclaimed composer/musical director Joe Evans, Ruby In The Dust has twelve productions under its belt, including shows both on the fringe and the West End and other site specific venues. Past credits include the critically praised The Great Gatsby Musical, Hutch (both at Riverside Studios), Miracle starring Susannah York and Tim Woodward, (St Andrew Church Crypt and Leicester Square Theatre) and Bonnie and Clyde (The King’s Head Theatre).
RUBY IN THE DUST presents DORIAN GRAY
Adapted by Linnie Reedman from Oscar Wilde’s novel
Music and Lyrics by Joe Evans
Crisp Road, Hammersmith
London W6 0RL
16th April to 10th May 2014
Tuesday to Saturday 7:30pm
Matinees Thurs & Sat 2.30pm
Tickets £18.50 Concessions £16.00
Previews 16th and 17th April 2014 £15
Box office 0208 237 1111
Friday 13th December 2013