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Lazarus Theatre Company announce streaming of Salomé from Southwark Playhouse

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25 August 2021 to 11 September 2021

Originally banned in Britain, Wilde’s outrageously provocative Salomé comes to Southwark Playhouse (25th August – 11th September), after an original run at Greenwich Theatre in 2019 including two specially livestreamed performances on 31st August at 3:30pm and 8pm.

“This immersive new version sits the audience at Herod’s banqueting table on his birthday, but the lavish affair with innocuous cake and party hats soon descends from garish to gore. Bringing to life the classic text through a modern lens, the lead role of Salomé is gender reversed as a young gay man just starting to understand his sexuality, drawing parallels between character and playwright himself. This bold, politically-charged revival of one of Oscar Wilde’s lesser-known works is adapted and directed by Lazarus Theatre Company’s artistic director, Ricky Dukes. “

Director Ricky Dukes said, “Regendering the role of Salomé came about really as I was investigating Oscar Wilde's works and he as a playwright specifically the scandal surrounding his homosexuality, the establishment’s reaction to this and societal effect. It seemed the role of Salomé herself was a thinly veiled representation of a young gay man at the start of his sexual blossoming, understanding perhaps for the first time his beauties and his bodies value. It goes for the jugular in a way his other plays not dare. The play is an examination of what people will do for what they desire, ultimately people will destroy each other and themselves in the quest to quench their desires. This may sound bleak, I rather think it’s exciting, toxic, explosive and utterly, utterly bonkers.”

25th August – 11th August

Southwark Playhouse, 77 – 85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

8pm | 3.30pm (Saturday & Tuesday matinees)


Livestreamed performance

31st August | 3.30pm (captioned) and 8pm