Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece of love’s nightmare

By on September 28, 2016

Rikard Wolff and Richard Turpin plays for the first time against each other when Emil Graffman sets up Dorian Gray in a new dramatization of three roles made by Lucas Svensson. In the role of Dorian Graythe object of everyone’s desire – we see Emil Ljungestig. First performance on October 7 at the Cultural City Theatre.

The artist Basil has found the ultimate object to paint: the young, innocent clientele Dorian Gray. Headlong in love Basil begins to paint his life’s masterpiece. His friend the art collector Henry shows up in the studio and get to see the blackboard. When he himself meets the handsome Dorian Gray, he is equally taken as Basil. After changing the lives of everyone. Not least for Dorian himself.

Drunk of attention opens a new world for him. Aware of youth and beauty’s power, he does things he never dreamed of. Let it never end! What he would not give for the pleasure and the eternal beauty?

– This is a drama of ideas and a chamber play about aging, longing and the cult of the beautiful. The cult around the eternal youth and beauty is as strong today as then, says director Emil Graffman.

Dorian is seduced to live by the motto: You are greater than you think,” “Go beyond all limits,” “Live out everything you have in you,” “Realize yourself”. In this case means Carpe Diem something naughty. We regard the becoming of a beautiful monster, says Emil Graffman.

Rikard Wolff is fascinated by Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece since adolescence. He has appeared in three sets of Dorian Gray and also portrayed Oscar Wilde himself, Richard Turpins set of Oscar Wilde trials at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. This will be the first time Wolff and Turpin collaborate as an actor.

Dorian Gray is a literary work that has eternal life. I was hit by Oscar Wilde classics as a teenager and has since returned to it over the years. The mixture of horror romantic thriller, the worship of beauty and youth, and especially the theme of the forbidden love that opportunity and nightmare. A text for all times, all ages, Dorian Gray is constantly looking into new generations of culture, says Rikard Wolff.

Dorian Gray

By Lucas SvenssonFreely after Oscar Wilde

Premiered October 7 at Klarascenen

By Oscar Wilde

Manus Lucas Svensson

Director Emil Graffman

Sets and costumes Julia Przedmojska

Light Linus Fellbom

Mask Maria Lindstedt

Sound Michael Breschi and Håkan Åslund

In the roles

Dorian Gray: Emil Ljungestig

Lord Henry Wotton: Richard Turpin

Basil Hallward: Rikard Wolff

The valet / butler: Claes-Göran Lans

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