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.



  • "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.
  • The Detritus of Dorian Gray is the name of a book of poems written by Kevin Max,[year missing] which includes an entry also titled The Detritus of Dorian Gray.
  • 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."[6]
  • 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.
  • "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (2007) is a graphic novel adaptation by Roy Thomas for Marvel Illustrated.[7][8]
  • "The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray" (2013) is a Gothic-erotic horror novel written by Mitzi Szereto in which she resurrects Dorian Gray (his "death" having been faked), continuing the story from the time of his supposed death up to the present day.
  • Family Portrait (also published as Picture of Evil) is a horror novel[year missing] by Graham Masterton in which he appropriates Wilde's aging portrait to a whole family.
  • Dorian Gray and Basil Hallward both briefly appear as fictional characters in the erotic graphic novel Lost Girls, in a faux-Wilde homosexual erotica read by one of the secondary characters.

Plays and musicals[edit]

  • A theatrical production of The Picture of Dorian Gray was staged by John Osborne in the mid-1970s.[when?]
  • 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 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 three-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].[9][10] 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".[11] Premiered at the Monte Carlo Opera in 1996.[12]
  • 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.[13] It was directed by Quinten Gordon and co-starred Lauren Molina.[13]
  • In February 2013, Dorian Gray was adapted into a musical by Callum Nicholls, a postgraduate composer at Cardiff University School of Music,[14] and was performed by the school's students in Cardiff University Concert Hall.[15]


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  6. ^ Observer review: Dorian by Will Self - a review of Will Self's reworking of The Picture of Dorian Gray (retrieved 26 August 2006)
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  9. ^ Statesmen-Journal Review
  10. ^ Stas Namin Announcement in Russian
  11. ^'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])
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. [1], March 7, 2011.
  14. ^ Kelly, Jessica. "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Cardiff University. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Holt, Mia (25 February 2013). "Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Cardiff University Concert Hall". WalesOnline. Retrieved 4 April 2013.