The Picture of Dorian Gray Schools Education Pack

Now available!

Watford Palace Theatre is delighted to offer The Picture of Dorian Gray as a cross-curriculum educational pack for teachers, lecturers, and students.

The Picture of Dorian Gray streamed online March to April 2021 and saw Watford Palace Theatre joining the co-producers The Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Theatr Clwyd, as a partner ticketing venue.

The education pack, which includes a link to the performance, explores key themes, characters, style, and structure, alongside a range of practical and written tasks and discussion topics to assist with studies. These tasks can be delivered online or within the classroom or studio.

The content and activities in the Education Pack will support and develop students’ knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

Drama, Theatre Studies & Performing Arts

  • Adapting existing work for performance
  • Creating original theatre
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Theatre design
  • Acting skills
  • Performance styles
  • Industry roles

Creative Media

  • Narrative structures & cinematic style
  • Genre conventions
  • Pre-production
  • Working to a brief
  • Adapting a novel or play into a short film
  • Multi camera filming


  • Positive Relationships
  • Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Self-Concept
  • Social Influences

About the production

Each of us has heaven and hell in them.

In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social star never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always remain. But as his mental health starts to decline, as corruption and murderous depravity start to creep into his world, the true and horrific cost of his deal will soon need to be met.

From the team behind the New York Times Critic’s Pick, five star “game-changer” (Telegraph) online production of What a Carve Up! comes a brand-new adaptation that brings Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps.

Co-produced by The Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Theatr Clwyd

Written by Henry Filloux-Bennett

Directed by Tamara Harvey


Fionn Whitehead as Dorian Gray

Alfred Enoch as Harry (Lord Henry) Wotton

Emma McDonald as Sibyl Vane

Russell Tovey as Basil Hallward

Joanna Lumley as Lady Narborough

and Featuring Stephen Fry as The Interviewer


Age guidance: 16+

Content warning: The Picture of Dorian Gray includes strong language and contains scenes of self-harm, suicide, death, and mental illness which some viewers may find upsetting.

How to order

To request a schools education pack, please click the button below. Upon ordering, please state the school name, the performance date required, number of students and Watford Palace Theatre as the venue that recommended this offer to you.

Cost: £100 per school

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