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Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray 2008


Oscar Wilde’s classic gothic fable, becomes a darkly seductive dance theatre event from master storyteller, Matthew Bourne. Set in the image obsessed world of contemporary art and politics, this “black fairy tale” tells the story of an exceptionally alluring young man who makes a pact with the devil.

In August 2008, during it’s sell-out World Premiere performances, Dorian Gray became the most successful dance production in the over 60 year history of The Edinburgh International Festival.


“Christopher Marney transmits painful insecurity as the ballet dancer (Cyril Vane).”
Jenny Gilbert - The Independent (2009)

“Cyril Vane (Christopher Marney) … the ballet star is introduced in a whirl of Prokofiev music and expires in the same attitude as Juliet in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet.” Luke Jennings - The Observer

“Cyril Vane (Christopher Marney)’s enticing performance as Romeo. ”
Duska Radosavljevic – The Stage (2008)

“…enthralled by the ballet dancer Cyril Vane (Chris Marney) a pouty little number who quickly becomes a clingy kitty.”
David Jays – The New Statesman (2008)

“Cyril Vane (Chris Marney) – a vision of love … but an airheaded narcissist offstage, who points his feet during sex and even dies in a beguiling pose.”
Sanjoy Roy – The Guardian (2008) 


Company: Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures
Choreographer / Director: Matthew Bourne
Role / Position: Cyril Vane (Original Cast) and Basil Hallward


Edinburgh International Festival (2008)
Sadler’s Wells (2008 and 2009)
UK /Europe Tour (2008)