Sunday, 2 December 2012
The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Abbey
I really enjoyed the visual effects used in the production, from the amazing costumes, the stripped back set and the lighting. But by far the highlight of this show is the acting ability of the whole cast. Tom Canton as Dorian was a revelation. I could not believe my eyes when I read that this was his debut, not just on the Abbey stage but as a professional actor. I followed his Dorian in his gradual descent into madness. This was a strong performance from a man who will become, I think, a great actor.
Even I felt corrupted by Jasper Britton's performance as the gleefully decadent and immoral Lord Henry, and I thought Frank McCusker's Basil was a work of understated genius. Charlotte McCurry's Sybil was played to fragile perfection - her place always in the background, her sobbing heard but ignored, her love cruelly dismissed. I mostly enjoyed the chorus which served to highlight Dorian's fall from morality, and echoed his inner most thoughts, but I felt that their interruptions slightly distracted from the action at times.
All in all, a mostly strong production in a stunning venue. I'll certainly be back.