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.
In Wilde’s lyrical one-act drama – originally banned in Britain – he reinvents Salomé as a powerful and enigmatic figure, both erotic and chaste. Owen Horsley, Associate Director on the King & Country season, directs our first-ever Oscar Wilde production in Stratford-upon-Avon. This new production places sexual ambiguity at the core and revels in the beauty of this poetic masterpiece.
Captioned in house by Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)