Oscar Wilde’s Salomé at Southwark Playhouse to be live-streamed

Lazarus Theatre Company’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé at Southwark Playhouse in London is to be streamed live

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Artwork for Oscar Wilde’s Salomé at Southwark Playhouse in London

An immersive re-imagining of Oscar Wilde’s drama, Salomé, has added streamed performances as part of its run at Southwark Playhouse in London.

Lazarus Theatre Company will live-stream both performances on 31 August 2021, at 3.30am with live captioning and at 8pm. Tickets at £10 are available at southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.

The production runs at Southwark Playhouse from 25 August to 11 September, with opening night on 27 August.

This bold, politically-charged revival is adapted and directed by Lazarus Theatre Company’s artistic director, Ricky Dukes. It was previously staged at Greenwich Theatre in 2019.

This new version sits the audience at Herod’s banqueting table on his birthday. It is a lavish affair with innocuous cake and party hats but it soon descends from garish to gore.

Wilde’s version of the biblical story of Salome and John the Baptist was originally banned in London in 1892 before premiering in Paris in 1896.

Bringing to life the classic text through a modern lens, the lead role of Salomé is gender reversed as a young gay man just starting to understand his sexuality, drawing parallels between the character and the playwright himself.

The cast features Jamie O’Neill as Herod, Fred Thomas as Prince Salomé, Prince Plockey as Jokannan, Pauline Babula as Queen Herodias, Omi Mantri as The Young Soldier and George Ray Turner as The Page of Herodias.

Dukes said: “Regendering the role of Salomé came about really as I was investigating Oscar Wilde’s works and him as a playwright, specifically the scandal surrounding his homosexuality, the establishment’s reaction to this and societal effect.

“It seemed the role of Salomé herself was a thinly veiled representation of a young gay man at the start of his sexual blossoming, understanding perhaps for the first time his beauty’s and his body’s value. 

“It goes for the jugular in a way his other plays not dare. The play is an examination of what people will do for what they desire. Ultimately people will destroy each other and themselves in the quest to quench their desires. This may sound bleak; I rather think it’s exciting, toxic, explosive and utterly, utterly bonkers.”

The show features set design by Sorcha Corcoan, lighting design by Ben Jacobs, and sound design by Will Thompson. It is produced by Rachael Nolan and Gavin Harrington-Odedra.

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