The Picture of John Gray
In the summer of 1889, Oscar Wilde started a love affair with a young man whose beauty seemed to defy time itself. Months later, he used this man’s surname for his most infamous creation – Dorian Gray. Soon to be dumped by the author, John Gray was left to become his own man, but meanwhile Oscar played out his own downfall on the most public of stages.
He was imprisoned for acts of ‘gross indecency’ with other men, and the community of poets and artists fractured as a hunt for sodomites swept London. As around him the most resilient of relationships are pushed near breaking-point, John must choose sanctuary in the purity of faith or the dangerous arms of a man who offers him love.
Director Gus Miller (Vessel) said: ‘It’s a big play, spanning the lives of real people across a period of enormous change but it remains, at its heart, a deceptively simple love story. It unearths challenging questions about purpose, acceptance and compromise in love.’
The Picture of John Gray is a period piece with a fresh, classy style, an exploration of sexual identity and acceptance and a completely new angle on the story of Oscar Wilde, told by an exciting, up-and-coming cast and creative team.
Together with current West End productions of Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest and after the recent in-depth look into Wilde’s life, The Judas Kiss, writer C.J. Wilmann offers a challenging, untold story about the circles Wilde moved in and a time when it was, possibly, the most dangerous ever time to be gay in Britain.
Cast: John Gray – Patrick Walshe McBride, Andre Raffalovich – Christopher Tester, Charles Shannon – Jordan McCurrach, Charles Ricketts – Oliver Allan, Bosie (Lord Alfred Douglas) – Tom Cox
Creative Team: Director Gus Miller, Writer CJ Wilmann, Designer Rosanna Vize, Producer Hannah Groombridge, Producer/Sound Designer Chris Walters.
Supported by Lord John Browne, Lord Chris Smith, Lord and Lady Stevenson, Lady Rayne, Mike Anderson, Robert Jones, The Backstage Trust, Richard Koch, Gloria Mundi, David and Patsy Putnam and Pamela Nicholson.
The Picture of John Gray
Performance Dates Tuesday 5th to Saturday 30th August 2014, 7.30pm
Saturday matinee at 3.00pm
Sunday matinee at 2.00pm
The Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ
Running Time 2 hrs 5 mins (including interval)
Box Office Tickets are available from oldredliontheatre.co.uk and 0207 837 7816,
priced at £15 (full price), £13 (concessions), £10 (previews).
Wednesday 16th July 2014