Assorted January news

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Fionn Whitehead, star of Dunkirk and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, will take on the titular role in an upcoming contemporary digital adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, from the team behind the celebrated digital production of What a Carve Up!, is set to push the theatrical form like its predecessor; utilising elements found in radio plays, films, documentaries as well as traditional theatrical techniques.

Set in a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social star 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.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, which runs for two weeks from 16-31 March, will reunite Henry Filloux-Bennett, writing the new adaptation, and director Tamara Harvey.

As part of SHAKE Festival, a rehearsed reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place. The Shakespeare comedy will be available online, streaming on 31st March. For this reading, Dan Stevens will play Oberon/Theseus, with West End credits including Arcadia, The Vortex and Hay Fever. Rebecca Hall will play Titania/Hyppolita, whose National Theatre credits include Twelfth Night.

Sara Kestelman will play Peter Quince, who recently starred in The Visit at the National Theatre. Stand up comedian Luisa Omielan will play Bottom/Pyramus, who won the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Award in 2018. Casting is completed by Richard Blaine, Joseph Blatchley, Daniel Bowerbank, Amesh Edireweera, Tim Fitzhigham, Ed Hughes, Malachy King, Wendy Morgan, Louis Rudnicki, David Sibley, Barnaby Taylor and Máiréad Tyers

A digital concert production of Gatsby: A Musical will soon be available to watch online from Cadogan Hall. Inspired by the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the production is set seven years after events in The Great Gatsby. Daisy Buchanan confronts her past by revisiting Jay Gatsby’s mansion, but is unable to find him. The Great Gatsby was adapted by director Linnie Reedman, featuring music and lyrics by Joe Evans.

Casting for Gatsby: A Musical includes Ross William Wild as Jay Gatsby, Charlotte Wakefield as Daisy Buchanan and Emma Williams, Marc Antolin, Blake Patrick Anderson, Chanice Alexander-Burnett, Lauren Chinery, Robert Grose, Oliver Mawdsley, Tristan Pegg and Marc Rhys rounding out the cast. Gatsby: A Musical is streaming from 12th – 14th February.

The marvellous Janie Dee will be starring in an online production of Terence Rattigan’s All On Her Own. The show follows Rosemary, a woman who decides to share her heartbreaking yet stressful situation at midnight in London. Rattigan’s drama was originally presented as a television play, broadcast in 1968 and was recently staged at the Garrick Theatre, starring Zoë Wanamaker.

Janie Dee is an Olivier Award-winning actress, recently appearing in Follies at the National Theatre and The Boy Friend at Menier Chocolate Factory. Directed by Alastair Knight with original music by Lindsey Miller, All On Her Own is available to stream for just eight performances from 16th-21st February.

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