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Stage production of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray comes to Hexham, Alnwick and Blyth

European Arts are bringing a top cast including Downton Abbey's Guy Warren-Thomas and Eastenders' Basil Hallward to the North East

European Arts' production of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is coming to Hexham, Alnwick and Blyth
European Arts' production of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is coming to Hexham, Alnwick and Blyth

A touring production celebrating the 125th anniversary of the publication of The Picture of Dorian Gray will open in Hexham on April 8.

Fresh from a critically acclaimed UK Tour and West End run of The Trials of Oscar Wilde, European Arts Company return to the stage with a thrilling adaptation of Wilde’s only novel.

Adapted by Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor, The Picture of Dorian Gray is set in the decadent world of Victorian London and finds a beautiful, narcissistic young man becoming infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him.

He makes a Faustian pact that he will remain forever young while the picture grows old.

Combining drawing-room comedy and gothic horror, this is billed as a gripping and hugely entertaining theatrical event that showcases Wilde’s remarkable talent.

The production is touring to 55 venues all over the UK and will return to the North East for dates at Alnwick Playhouse on May 1 and Phoenix Theatre Blyth on May 3.

The play is directed by Peter Craze (Doctor Who and Blake’s Seven) and features a talented cast familiar from stage and screen, including:

Guy Warren-Thomas as Dorian Gray (Spooks The Greater Good, Downton Abbey); Gwynfor Jones as Lord Henry (The Woman In Black in the West End); Rupert Mason as Basil Hallward (Eastenders, A Touch of Frost); and Helen Keeley as Sybil Vane (The Importance of Being Earnest, London Classic Theatre).

The Picture of Dorian Gray is at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham on Wednesday April 8 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5-£12 and are available from the Queen’s Hall Box Office 01434 652477 or online at www.queenshall.co.uk.

Tickets for the Alnwick Playhouse and Phoenix Theatre dates are available from www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk and www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk respectively.

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