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The Royal Shakespeare Company


By Oscar Wilde

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. Oscar Wilde’s lyrical one-act drama – originally banned in Britain – reinvents Salomé as a powerful and enigmatic figure, both erotic and chaste.

Marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales the RSC present a contemporary take on Oscar Wilde’s classic, placing sexual ambiguity at the core, with music by American artist Perfume Genius.

"Wilde would have loved this" 
The Sunday Times
"Owen Horsley’s inventive production…highlights Wilde’s bejewelled text"
The Guardian
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