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Brand-new production of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray coming soon to Theatre by the Lake

Daniel Goode (Basil), Jonathan Wrather (Lord Henry) and Gavin Fowler (Dorian Gray). Photography by Craig Sugden.

Lovers of Oscar Wilde are in for a thrilling treat this spring with a bold new adaptation of his classic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray showing at Theatre by the Lake from 8 to 13 April.

Produced by Tilted Wig Productions, Malvern Theatres and Churchill Theatre, Bromley, and also touring nationally, the production features stage and screen star Jonathan Wrather as Lord Henry Wotton.

The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the story of a cultured, wealthy, and beautiful young man’s downfall through moral corruption, seduction and debauchery. Dorian, fearing that his good looks will 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 supernatural thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the final gripping conclusion, providing an entertaining night out for all.

Alongside Jonthan Wrather, who is best known for playing the controversial Pierce Harris in ITV’s Emmerdale, is Gavin Fowler in the titular role of Dorian Gray. Gavin’s recent credits include Troilus in Troilus and Cressida for the RSC.

Further casting includes Daniel Goode as Basil Hallward, Kate Dobson as Sybil Vane, Adele James in the roles of Catherine Vane and Ellen Campbell, and Phoebe Pryce as Lady Victoria Wotton.  Samuel Townsend completes the cast as Boy/Romeo. It is adapted and directed by Séan Aydon, designed by Sarah Beaton, with lighting by Matt Haskins and sound by Jon Mcleod.

Matthew Parish of Tilted Wig Productions says: “We’re delighted to be returning to Theatre by the Lake with The Picture of Dorian Gray after the success of Great Expectations in 2018. TBTL is a truly unique theatre not just for its setting but also the quality of its audiences – I can’t think of a theatre where you can feel the audience listening more intently.”

He continues: “The intimacy of the space is going to make Dorian Gray feel even more of an incredibly intense thriller. I think audiences will be surprised by just how timeless this famous story feels, especially as it still has such resonance with our modern day lives.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray is showing at Theatre by the Lake’s Main House from 8 to 13 April, with tickets from £10. To find out more call the Box Office on 017687 74411 or visit

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