Theatre-makers have been using live cameras to dissect onstage emotions for a while, but rarely has the use of contemporary technology felt as apposite, seamless and just plain theatrical as Kip Williams’ The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Over an unbroken two-hour stretch, five cameras and a hardworking support crew of nine create one dazzling image after another. And with Sarah Snook – she of Succession fame – singlehandedly embodying 26 characters in a breath-taking tour de force performance, it looks like Sydney Theatre Company has an international hit on its hands.

Sarah Snook in Sydney Theatre Company's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Sarah Snook in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Photo © Marc Brenner

Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novella centres on Dorian Gray, a strikingly beautiful young man captured in paint by infatuated artist Basil Hallward. Tempted by the serpentine Lord Henry Wotton to embark on a career of hedonistic pleasure while he’s still young, Gray manages to retain his looks over several decades, while the portrait, consigned to an attic, is gradually...