Soap star takes on title role in production at Southend

Jonathan Wrather

DESCRIBED as ‘an exciting and bold new production’ Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ will be showing in Southend between 11 and 16 March as part of its national spring tour.

Jonathan Wrather, known for his roles on both stage and screen, will be joining the cast, taking the part of Lord Henry Wotton.  Jonathan is best known to audiences recently for playing the controversial Pierce Harris in ITV’s Emmerdale for two years.

Other notable TV credits include Joe Carter in Coronation Street, Silent Witness and Casualty. He also has extensive stage and film credits. The cast also includes Daniel Goode (Basil Hallward) and Kate Dobson (Sybil Vane) with further casting to be announced.

The play, based on the classic novel, celebrates Wilde’s wonderful language and will appeal to audiences old and new. It is adapted and directed by Séan Aydon, co-produced with Malvern Theatres and Churchill Theatre, Bromley, designed by Sarah Beaton with lighting by Matt Haskins and sound by Jon Mcleod.

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ tells the story of a cultured, wealthy, and beautiful young man’s downfall through moral corruption and seduction.  Dorian, who, fearing that his good looks would fade as he grows old, wishes that a portrait painted of him could bear the burden of the ageing process, leaving him forever young. But at what cost…?

Featuring Wilde’s famous wit and a stellar cast, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the final scenes of the play – providing a really entertaining night out for all.

It will be performed at the Palace Theatre, Southend.

Times and Prices: Mon to Thurs 8pm & Thurs 2.30pm – £31, £29, £25, Fri and Sat 2.30pm & 8pm – £33, £31, £27. Booking: 01702-351135,