New musical based on The Picture of Dorian Gray to be streamed

Last Updated on 2 June 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Theatre company Ruby in the Dust presents its new rock musical, Dorian, which will be streamed online in June

Dorian A Rock Musical cast
Left to right: John Addison, Robert Grose, Fia Houston-Hamilton, Sophie Jugé, Tristan Pegg, Lewis Rae, Keith Ramsay and Johanna Stanton

A new musical inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is to be streamed online after its stage premiere was cancelled because of Covid.

Dorian A Rock Musical has been created by Ruby in the Dust, which previously produced Gatsby A Musical based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It will be available to watch via in June.

With music and lyrics by Joe Evans and written by Linnie Reedman, the show is described as an epic, modern twist on Wilde’s story with a newly composed score that sears through the action, propelled by influences from Bowie to Brecht.

A rock star, trapped in eternal adolescence, wants to change the course of his life and discover love. But, can you find love if you’ve sold your soul to the Devil? While sitting for the eccentric society painter, Basil Hallward, Dorian is discovered by the influential Lord Henry and is soon under the spell of this dangerous, charismatic music impresario. Dorian, the secret child of love and death, is suddenly thrust into a confusing world where love dare not speak its name.

The show began life as a reading at London’s Cafe Royal, in the room where Wilde used to stage his own readings, and was then scheduled to run at The Other Palace before being cancelled just two days before opening night because of the first lockdown in March 2020. It has now been filmed at a secret location in the heart of the West End.

The cast features Keith Ramsay as Dorian with John Addison, Fia Houston-Hamilton, Robert Grose, Lewis Rae, Johanna Stanton, Sophie Jugé and Tristan Pegg.

It is directed by Reedman with assistant director Scott Le Crass. The musical director is Sophie Jugé, lighting is by Jamie Platt, costumes by Belle Mundi and original set design by Casey Andrews. The movement director is Anthony Whiteman with additional choreography by Penelope Simons. The stage manager is Freya Blackwell-Treasure and production manager is Kate Edwards.

It will be broadcast on at 7.30pm each evening from 4 to 10 June and will then be available on demand from 11 to 26 June.

Click here for a more recent update on casting and dates.

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