The Picture of Dorian Gray


A brand new production of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray comes to the Palace Theatre, Southend as part of a new UK Spring tour.

Jonathan Wrather, known for his roles on both stage and screen plays the part of Lord Henry Wotton in this classic re-telling of Oscar Wilde’s famous novel. Jonathan is best known to audiences recently for playing the controversial Pierce Harris in ITV’s Emmerdale for two years. Other notable TV credits include Joe Carter in Coronation Street, Silent Witness and Casualty.

The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the story of a cultured, wealthy, and beautiful young man’s downfall through moral corruption and seduction. Dorian, who, fearing that his good looks would fade as he grows old, wishes that a portrait painted of him could bear the burden of the ageing process, leaving him forever young. But at what cost…? Featuring Wilde’s famous wit and a stellar cast, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the final scenes of the play – providing a really entertaining night out for all.

The Picture of Dorian Gray celebrates Wilde’s wonderful language and will appeal to audiences both old and new. This classic re-telling still has such resonance with our modern day lives and with its utter timelessness should feel bang up to date. A must-see production!

The Picture of Dorian Gray comes to the Palace Theatre Southend between 11-16 March and will visit 10 theatres up and down the country. For more details

To book tickets for the Southend show (11-16 March) call the Box Office on 01702 351135 or visit


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