DORIAN GRAY, PRESENTED BY RUBY IN THE DUST and adapted by Linnie Reedman from Oscar Wilde’s novel. Music and Lyrics by Joe Evans.
This Spring, two theatrical families team up, as Daisy Bevan, the latest Redgrave to take to the stage, joins forces with Jack Fox to star in Dorian Gray at Riverside Studios. Both are to make their theatrical debuts in this acclaimed stage adaptation of the Oscar Wilde 1890 classic.
When it was first published in 1890, The Picture of Dorian Gray caused an outcry. Reviewers widely condemned Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale of aestheticism and duplicity, of hedonism and indulgence as “vulgar” and “unclean”, “poisonous” and “discreditable”, prompting W H Smith to pull copies of the magazine in which it was published from their bookshelves. Such was the public and critical reaction that Wilde subsequently attempted to moderate some of the more homoerotic references in the book and to simplify the book’s moral message. Despite 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 reveals his inner ugliness, was to become a classic and has since inspired subsequent generations of musicians, filmmakers, artists and playwrights.
Adapted by Linnie Reedman with music and lyrics by Joe Evans, this adaptation – Dorian Gray, recreates the dark, murky underbelly of late Nineteenth Century London – 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.
Jack Fox (the latest in a long line following the family tradition – youngest son of James Fox and nephew to Edward Fox) has previously appeared in the TV series Mr Selfridge, Fresh Meat, Lewis, Privates and Dracula. Daisy Bevan (the fourth generation of Redgraves to enter the acting world – granddaughter of Vanessa Redgrave and daughter of Joely Richardson) has just finished filming The Two Faces of January with Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac, due out in the spring.
Ruby In The Dust’s critically praised adaptation began its life as a one night gala presentation in London’s Café Royal. Just before it closed its doors for its major refurbishment, the venue was transformed to its heyday glory by taking the story back to its birthplace: staging the show, on Oscar Wilde’s birthday, in the beautiful Domino Room – which was where Wilde would hold initial readings of his works, and dine with his lovers before his world was turned upside down by his trial and resulting imprisonment for acts of gross indecency.
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 London’s 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).
Crisp Road, Hammersmith
London W6 0RL
April 16th to May 10th 2014
Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Tickets £18.50 Concs £16.00
Box office 0208 237 1111
Thursday 30th January 2014