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The Tragedy of Dorian Gray comes to the Drayton Arms Theatre this Autumn

OffFest Award winning, The Tragedy of Dorian Gray by Ross Dinwiddy – a tense and compelling, yet darkly humorous reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale which moves the action to the 1960s is opening at The Drayton Arms Theatre in October 2021. This marks the return of Blue Devil Productions to the London stage after sell-out previews in both Brighton and Hastings Fringe Festivals.

Maximus Polling as Dorian Gray

It’s 1965, the world has changed, and London is swinging…

In a studio in Chelsea, a young man is about to have his portrait painted. From there, Dorian’s story of fame, vanity, lust and corruption will take audiences on a twisted odyssey through heartbreak, betrayal and a touch of bloody murder.

Heather Alexander as Mavis Ruxton

Writer and director Ross Dinwiddy said, “This has been a massive undertaking for all involved. But fortunately, everyone has stayed motivated and committed to the project throughout the most difficult and challenging of years. I couldn’t be prouder of our team. To cap this off with two awards at Brighton Fringe was an honour for all of us and we can’t wait to get on stage at The Drayton Arms Theatre this autumn.”

Blue Devil’s last three plays, The Geminus, Franz Kafka – Apparatus and Ruffian on the Stair were all nominated for awards at Brighton Fringe.

Christopher Sherwood as Basil Hallwood

Some of the reviews for The Tragedy of Dorian Gray:

 “Excellent. Sticks a grubby fingernail into the canvass and twists into its cruel heart…. Positions Dorian Gray as the queer classic it is, harsh and uncompromising, but celebrates difference and freedom.” Louise Penn, Lou Reviews

“Dark, rich and multi-layered. Definitely one to savour.” Kiefer Williams North West End

“Breathes new life and dimension into the dangerously charismatic Gray.” Elaine Chapman, Art & Theatre Reviews

“I am used to a high standard from Blue Devil and this is no exception. See it and you won’t be disappointed.” Chris Neville-Smith, Chris on Theatre

Performance dates

Tuesday to Saturday 19th October – 6th November at 7:30pm

Saturday matinees 23rd, 30th October and 6th November at 3pm

Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0LJ (nearest tube, Gloucester Road)

Tickets: £16 / £14 concessions available from Drayton Arms https://www.thedraytonarmstheatre.co.uk/the-tragedy-of-dorian-gray

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