Adaptations of The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) has inspired many cinematic, literary, and artistic adaptations.

Film and television[edit]

Listed in chronological order of release or broadcast.

  • Dorian Grays Portræt (1910)
    Directed by Axel Strøm
    Starring Valdemar Psilander as Dorian Gray
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1913)
    Directed by Phillips Smalley
    Starring Wallace Reid as Dorian Gray; Lois Weber, and Smalley. With screenplay by Weber.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1915)
    Directed by Eugene Moore. Produced by Thanhouser Film Corporation
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1916)
    Directed by Fred W Durrant; screenplay by Rowland Talbot
    Starring Henry Victor as Dorian Gray; Sydney Bland as Basil Hallward; Jack Jordan as Henry Wotton; Pat O'Malley as Sibyl Vane
  • Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray (1917)
    Directed by Richard Oswald; screenplay by Richard Oswald
    Starring Bernd Aldor as Dorian Gray; Ernst Ludwig as Basil Hallward; Ernst Pittschau as Henry Wotton; Lea Lara as Sibyl Vane
  • Az Élet királya (1918)
    Directed by Alfréd Deésy; screenplay by József Pakots
    Starring Norbert Dán as Dorian Gray; Gusztáv Turán as Basil Hallward; Bela Lugosi (credited as Arisztid Olt) as Henry Wotton; Ila Lóth as Sibyl Vane
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
    Directed by Albert Lewin; screenplay by Albert Lewin
    Starring Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray; Lowell Gilmore as Basil Hallward; George Sanders as Henry Wotton; Angela Lansbury as Sibyl Vane. Lansbury was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Considered by many to be the best version, although a love interest not found in the novel appears; Basil Hallward's niece played by Donna Reed. The film won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, and is remarkable for its crisp black-and-white photography, and a handful of technicolor shots of the portrait, which was painted originally by Henrique Medina.[1] Ivan Albright made the changes during the production. The picture took Albright a year to finish and currently hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • El Retrato de Dorian Gray (1969): A telenovela produced by Televisa
    Directed and produced by Ernesto Alonso
    Starring Enrique Álvarez Félix as Dorian Gray
  • Dorian Gray, also known as The Evils of Dorian Gray or The Secret of Dorian Gray (1970)
    Directed by Massimo Dallamano; screenplay by Marcello Coscia; Massimo Dallamano and Günter Ebert
    Starring Helmut Berger as Dorian Gray; Richard Todd as Basil Hallward; Herbert Lom as Henry Wotton; Marie Liljedahl as Sibyl Vane
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973) (made-for-television)
    Directed by Glenn Jordan; screenplay by John Tomerlin
    Starring Shane Briant as Dorian Gray; Charles Aidman as Basil Hallward; Nigel Davenport as Henry Wotton; Vanessa Howard as Sibyl Vane
    This film, which was presented as an entry in the ABC network's Movie of the Week series, was produced by Dan Curtis, who was previously the creator/producer of the ABC afternoon daytime Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, which featured a storyline clearly inspired by Wilde's novel, in which a portrait of Quentin Collins aged grotesquely while Collins himself remained youthful. Made virtually immortal by the portrait, Collins, a man born in 1870, turned up at his ancestral home one hundred years later using the pseudonym Grant Douglas, the initials of which (though reversed, perhaps so as to avoid being too obvious) may have been a nod to the character of Dorian Gray.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1976) (made-for-television)
    Directed by John Gorrie; screenplay by John Osborne
    Starring Peter Firth as Dorian Gray; Jeremy Brett as Basil Hallward; John Gielgud as Henry Wotton; Judi Bowker as Sibyl Vane
  • Le Portrait de Dorian Gray (1977)
    Directed by Pierre Boutron; screenplay by Pierre Boutron
    Starring Patrice Alexsandre as Dorian Gray; Denis Manuel as Basil Hallward; Raymond Gérôme as Henry Wotton; Marie-Hélène Breillat as Sibyl
  • The Sins of Dorian Gray (1983) (made-for-television)
    Directed by Tony Maylam; screenplay by Ken August and Peter Lawrence
    Starring Belinda Bauer as a female Dorian Gray; Anthony Perkins as Henry Lord
    This version sees Dorian Gray as an actress who becomes immortal while an audition tape she made ages for her.
  • Dorian, also known as Pact with the Devil (2001)
    Directed by Allan A Goldstein; screenplay by Peter Jobin and Ron Raley
    Starring Ethan Erickson as Louis/Dorian; Malcolm McDowell as Henry Wotton; Amy Sloan as Sibyl
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
    Directed by Stephen Norrington, produced by (and starring) Sean Connery
    Starring Stuart Townsend as Dorian Gray
  • Dorian (2004)
    Written and Directed by Brendan Dougherty Russo
    Starring Andrew Vanette as Dorian Gray; Stephen Fontana as Basil Hallward; Michael Multari as Henry; Danielle Matarese as Sibyl Vane
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (2004)
    Directed by David Rosenbaum; screenplay by David Rosenbaum
    Starring Josh Duhamel as Dorian Gray; Rainer Judd as Basil Ward; Branden Waugh as Harry Wotton (Lord Wotton is referred to as Harry and Henry in the novel); Darby Stanchfield as Sibyl Vane; Brian Durkin as James Vane
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (2006)
    Directed by Duncan Roy; screenplay by Duncan Roy
    Starring David Gallagher as Dorian Gray
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (2007)
    Directed by Jon Cunningham; screenplay by Jon Cunningham and Deborah Warner
  • The Picture (of Dorian Gray) (2009)
    Directed by Jonathan Courtemanche; script by Neal Utterback
    Starring Hanna Dillon, Lawrence Evans, and Miles Heymann
  • Dorian Gray (2009)
    Directed by Oliver Parker; screenplay by Toby Finlay
    Starring Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray; Ben Chaplin as Basil Hallward; Colin Firth as Henry Wotton
  • Penny Dreadful (2014)
    Created by John Logan; Produced by Sam Mendes
    Starring Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray



  • The Detritus of Dorian Gray appeared in a book of poems with the same title written by Kevin Max.
  • Dorian, an Imitation (2002) is a modern take of the original book, written by Will Self. It updates the original by placing events in June 1981, a time according to Self when "Britain was in the process of burning most of its remaining illusions."[3]
  • A Portrait of Dorian Gray (2005) is the fashion designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld's rendition of the novel in photography. The models Larry Scott and Eva Herzigova star as Mr. and Mrs. Dorian Gray.
  • Family Portrait (also published as Picture of Evil) is a horror novel by Graham Masterton in which he appropriates Wilde's aging portrait to a whole family.
  • "The Wedding Present", a short story in the anthology Smoke and Mirrors (1998) by Neil Gaiman re-imagines the story from the perspective of a modern newlywed wife. Characters in "The Wedding Present" make several references to the similarities between their situation and the original novel.

Plays and musicals[edit]

  • A theatrical production of The Picture of Dorian Gray was staged by John Osborne in the mid-1970s.
  • The musical based on the novel by Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, from Gunar Braunke's idea and English-language words, the Hungarian musical composers Mátyás Várkonyi and János Ács make libretto. Music by Mátyás Várkonyi. It was premiered Rock Theatre in 1990. Mátyás Várkonyi’s Rock Theatre toured all over Europe with the musical. The English version of the musical (Duncan Shiels) premiered in London in 1995. The German-language version of Dorian Gray (Michael Kunze,Gunar Braunke) toured in Germany for years, and also in the Netherlands, France and Switzerland.
  • The Canadian playwright Ted Dykstra, along with lyricist Steven Mayoff, wrote a musical titled Dorian based upon the book. The musical premiered in 2002 and is set in the late 1900s, with the character of Dorian transformed from a member of the idle rich to an aspiring young model.
  • In 2002 the team of Composer Eddie Reyes and Bookwriter/Lyricist Thomas Sheehan premiered their musical "Dorian Gray".
  • In 2006, a Czech musical based on the novel premiered in Prague.
  • In 2007, Australian production house Diatomic Productions commissioned playwrights Greg Eldridge and Liam Suckling to adapt the novel into a 3 act play. The world premiere of this work (held on May 22, 2008) sold out its season before Opening Night and returned to a second season of sell-out shows as part of the 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival in October.
  • Choreographer Matthew Bourne's contemporary dance adaptation of the story, titled "Dorian Gray" made its debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2008.
  • In 2008, Canadian playwright Ian Case adapted the story as a site-specific 90-minute grand-guignol style production, staged at Robert Dunsmuir's Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, B.C., the most recent in a series of Halloween productions which started in 2000.
  • A musical adaptation of the book by young theatre company Kangaroo Court ran at the Tabard theatre, Chiswick in 2008. The updated version centres on celebrity obsession and excesses.
  • In 2000, Dorian, a musical with book, music & lyrics by Richard Gleaves, premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House starring Tom Stuart and Sutton Foster (as the invented character of Sister Claire)
  • Dorian the Remarkable Mister Gray: A Portrait in Music, is a new stage musical version of, with music, lyrics, and book by Randy Bowser. The work had its premiere at Pentacle Theatre in Salem, Oregon, in 2008. A Russian version is being produced in Moscow, at The Stas Namin Cente].[4][5] The show is represented exclusively by Michael Butler, the original producer of Hair on Broadway.
  • In January 2009, Dorian Gray was adapted and directed by Linnie Reedman, with music by Joe Evans. Produced by Ruby In The Dust, the show returned to The Leicester Square theatre with an all-star cast on 26 June 2009, and again re-staged in March 2010 under the title of The Extraordinary Cabaret of Dorian Gray.
  • An operatic version of The Picture of Dorian Gray was staged by Lowell Liebermann. Liebermann wanted to base a play on The Picture of Dorian Gray because "the book made an impression on [him] as no other book has yet done".[6] Premiered at the Monte Carlo Opera in 1996.[7]
  • In January 2010, Dorian Gray was adapted by Daniel Mitura and directed by Henning Hegland. Music by Michael Nyman. The show premiered at the Kirk Theatre on 42nd Street in New York.
  • On March 7, 2011, Wesley Taylor played the title role in a reading for a stage adpatation penned by playwright Michael Raver.[8] It was directed by Quinten Gordon and co-starred Lauren Molina.[8]
  • In February 2013, Dorian Gray was adapted into a musical by Callum Nicholls, a postgraduate composer at Cardiff University School of Music,[9] and was performed by the school's students in Cardiff University Concert Hall.[10]


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  3. ^ Observer review: Dorian by Will Self - a review of Will Self's reworking of The Picture of Dorian Gray (retrieved 26 August 2006)
  4. ^ Statesmen-Journal Review
  5. ^ Stas Namin Announcement in Russian
  6. ^'s Opera Insights: The Picture of Dorian Gray - a discussion of The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the play by the same name composed by Lowell Libermann (retrieved 30 August 2006])
  7. ^ us Operaweb - The Picture of Dorian Gray - an overview of the operatic version of The Picture of Dorian Gray, with quotes from the composer (retrieved 30 August) 2006
  8. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. [1], March 7, 2011.
  9. ^ Kelly, Jessica. "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Cardiff University. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Holt, Mia (25 February 2013). "Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Cardiff University Concert Hall". WalesOnline. Retrieved 4 April 2013.