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The Importance of Being Earnest – Tabard Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: David Phipps-Davis Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty One of Wilde’s most enjoyable plays, this is a longer version than the one usually seen - so more quips, asides, arch comments and playfulness then. David Phipps-Davis’ takes some action excised from the original by Wilde and adds some back in judiciously. The result is a play that has more ...

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Pictures of Dorian Gray – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Oscar Wilde Adapted by: Lucy Shaw Director: Tom Littler Set/Lighting: William Reynolds Sound: Matt Eaton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Jermyn Street Theatre’s Pictures of Dorian Gray, premiered at the Stephen Joseph’s McCarthy Theatre, is, without doubt, a bold concept brought to fruition with stylish elegance. What is less certain is how fully it communicates the drama and the narrative of ...

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Richmond Theatre

Writer: Oscar Wilde Adaptor/Director: Sean Adyon Reviewer: Sophia Moss “I’m not heartless, but this isn’t affecting me like it should,” Dorian admits. It’s something we can all relate to in one way or another, but for Dorian it marks the beginning of his descent into a hedonistic lifestyle of sex, drugs and god knows what else. The Picture of Dorian ...

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The Canterville Ghost – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writers: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  from the novella by Oscar Wilde Director: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Sir Simon de Canterville is having a hard time of it. Everyone wrongly believes he bludgeoned his beloved wife to death based on some flimsy evidence involving a bloodstained tablecloth. Even worse, he’s been dead for 300 years and unable ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director:Michael Fentimen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott At the end of Classic Spring’s year-long Oscar Wilde season, this final show has this phrase, taken from The Importance of Being Earnest, emblazoned across the safety curtain: 'If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out'. The fourth of Wilde’s plays to be staged by ...

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LIFT 2018: Creation (Pictures for Dorian) – Purcell Room, London

Creators/Directors: Gob Squad Reviewer: Scott Matthewman British/German art collective Gob Squad’s latest offering, which premiered at this year’s Brighton Festival, claims to be inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Such parallels as there are actually distract from a much larger, ruminatory work, which contemplates the inevitability of the passage of time while also exploring the relationship between ...

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An Ideal Husband – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Stephen Bates Glancing at the names of the main characters in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, all bar one of them titled, a natural reaction is to ask how on Earth can the problems of this cross-section of the Victorian aristocracy be relevant to modern life? It is only when their problems turn ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest- The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Designer: Gabriella Slade Reviewer: Dave Cunningham It has been a long, brutal winter and we are all desperate for something cheerful and bright. Recognising a cue The Original Theatre Company offers Oscar Wilde’s evergreen classic The Importance of Being Earnest. The works of Oscar Wilde defy innovations; updating the setting to the present day simply ...

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