The Picture of Dorian Gray

On a dappled blue and white background is the blue-and-grey-scale image of a phone with a smashed screen. On the screen is a picture of a young man gazing towards the sky, a filter adding a crown of flowers to his head. The camera button on the phone is lit up in pink. Pink icons like love hearts, chat messages and buttons circle the phone and, underneath, in black writing are the words 'The Picture of Dorian Gray.'

Presented by the New Wolsey Theatre, the Lawrence Batley Theatre, the Barn Theatre, Theatr Clwyd and Oxford Playhouse.

Each of us has heaven and hell in them.

In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social stardom never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always remain. But as his mental health starts to decline, as corruption and murderous depravity start to creep into his world, the true and horrific cost of his deal will soon need to be met.

From the team behind the New York Times Critic’s Pick, five star “game-changer” (The Telegraph) online production of What a Carve Up! comes a brand-new adaptation that brings Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps.

The show will run online from Tue 16 – Wed 31 March and is on sale now. All performances will be captioned and Audio Description will be available on all shows from Tue 23 Mar.

Age guidance 16+

Content warning: The Picture of Dorian Gray includes extremely strong language and references to suicide and mental illness that some viewers may find upsetting.


To book tickets for this dark and dazzling online show, click here now.



If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in The Picture of Dorian Gray, the following organisations may be able to provide help and advice:


Provides confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) Website:

Switchboard – Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most. They’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits and conversations are 100% confidential. Call 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm daily).

Young Minds
The UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.
Text: YM to 85258 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Call: 0808 802 5544 (9:30am – 4pm, Mon – Fri).

Papyrus – the national charity for prevention of young suicide. They run HOPELineUK which is a National Confidential Helpline. Phone: 0800 068 41 41 / Text: 0778 620 9697 / email: (Mon-Fri 10am-10pm / Weekends & Bank Holidays 2-10pm)


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