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Salome gets modern makeover at RSC in Stratford

Ian Hughes 30th May, 2017

OSCAR Wilde’s Salomé gets a modern makeover at the RSC in Stratford.

Marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, Owen Horsley directs a contemporary take on Wilde’s classic, placing sexual ambiguity at the core.

Imprisoned by a fearful Herod, the prophet Jokanaan rejects the sexual advances of Herod’s stepdaughter, Salomé. When she is compelled by Herod to dance, Salomé is filled with lust-driven revenge and demands the head of the prophet as payment.

Salomé has fascinated and inspired artists across the ages. Wilde’s lyrical one-act drama – originally banned in Britain – reinvents Salomé as a powerful and enigmatic figure, both erotic and chaste.

The production, in the Swan Theatre, runs until September 6.

Visit www.rsc.org.uk for tickets and further details.

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