Wildes Salome


Wildes Salome

“How pale the Princess is! She is like the shadow of a white rose in a mirror of silver…”

The brutal power of ancient myth collides with twentieth century decadence in Oscar Wilde’s astonishing verse tragedy. Salome, step-daughter of King Herod agrees to perform the mysterious dance of the seven veils but demands in return the head of the King’s most infamous prisoner - John the Baptist.

Wilde’s Salome is a dazzling, shocking piece of storytelling from one of the greatest writers of the last two hundred years. It is fragile, savage and shimmeringly beautiful, rendered in exquisite poetry and unforgettable theatrical images. Headlong and Curve Theatre, Leicester present a vivid contemporary production of this rarely-seen masterpiece.

“She is monstrous thy daughter. I tell thee she is monstrous.”

Jamie Lloyd is one of the most acclaimed young directors in British theatre. Recent work includes Polar Bears (Donmar), Piaf (Donmar / West End), Three Days of Rain (West End) and the award-winning The Pride (Royal Court).

Con O’Neill plays Herod. His extensive stage credits include Prick Up Your Ears (Comedy Theatre), The Caretaker (Cruicible/Tricycle), Telstar (New Ambassadors),  Mother Clapp’s Molly House, Southwark Fair (National Theatre), A Tribute to the Blues Brothers and Blood Brothers for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His screen credits include Telstar, Learners (BBC), My Hero (BBC) and Trial and Retribution.

Zawe Ashton plays Salome. Her stage credits include This Wide Night (Clean Break/Soho), The Frontline, Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Arsonists, Rhinoceros, Gone Too Far (Royal Court) and Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Haymarket). Her screen credits include Freefall, St Trinian’s II, Blitz and Sherlock, A Study in Pink (BBC).

Jaye Griffiths plays Herodias. Her theatre credits include Category B (Tricycle), Seize the Day (Tricycle), Othello (Cheek by Jowl), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic). Her many television credits include A Touch of Frost (ITV), Criminal Justice (BBC), Kingdom (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC) and Hunger (ITV).

Salome will open at Curve Theatre, Leicester before embarking on a UK tour prior to a London opening at Hampstead Theatre in June.

By Oscar Wilde

5th May – 17th July 2010
Tour Dates

5th – 15th May 2010 – CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER


Telephone : 0116 242 3595



Telephone : 0148 344 0000

25th – 29th May 2010 – RICHMOND THEATRE


Telephone : 0844 871 7651

1st June – 5th June 2010 – OXFORD PLAYHOUSE


Telephone : 0186 530 5305

8th June – 12th June 2010 – NORTHERN STAGE


Telephone : 0191 230 5151

15th June – 19th June 2010 – THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON


Telephone : 0844 871 7650

22nd June – 17th July 2010 – HAMPSTEAD THEATRE


Telephone : 0207 722 9301

Here’s the website for further information.


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