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.