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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé provides theatrical opportunities for an imaginative director

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Salomé

Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2nd June to 6th September

Oscar Wilde’s moonstruck idyll of sensuous delights, in which Herod’s step-daughter asks for the head of John the Baptist, is best known as the basis of Richard Strauss’s great opera. Still, there are theatrical opportunities for an imaginative director, even if Owen Horsley starts at a disadvantage by casting a male actor (Matthew Tennyson) as the lead. (Lindsay Kemp played Salomé across genders 40 years ago.) But Tennyson’s a fine actor. Music is by Seattle-based songwriter Perfume Genius.

 

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