The brutal power of ancient myth collides with twentieth century decadence in Oscar Wilde's astonishing verse tragedy. Salome, step-daughter of King Herod agrees to perform the mysterious dance of the seven veils but demands in return the head of the King's most infamous prisoner - John the Baptist.
Wilde's Salome is a dazzling, shocking piece of storytelling from one of the greatest writers of the last two hundred years. It is fragile, savage and shimmeringly beautiful, rendered in exquisite poetry and unforgettable theatrical images. Headlong and Curve Theatre, Leicester present a vivid contemporary production of this rarely-seen masterpiece.
Jamie Lloyd is one of the most acclaimed young directors in British theatre. Recent work includes Polar Bears (Donmar), Piaf (Donmar / West End), Three Days of Rain (West End) and the award-winning The Pride (Royal Court).
Con O'Neill plays Herod. His extensive stage credits include Prick Up Your Ears (Comedy Theatre), The Caretaker (Cruicible/Tricycle), Telstar (New Ambassadors), Mother Clapp's Molly House, Southwark Fair (National Theatre), A Tribute to the Blues Brothers and Blood Brothers for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His screen credits include Telstar, Learners (BBC), My Hero (BBC) and Trial and Retribution.
Zawe Ashton plays Salome. Her stage credits include This Wide Night (Clean Break/Soho), The Frontline, Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Arsonists, Rhinoceros, Gone Too Far (Royal Court) and Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Haymarket). Her screen credits include Freefall, St Trinian’s II, Blitz and Sherlock, A Study in Pink (BBC).
Jaye Griffiths plays Herodias. Her theatre credits include Category B (Tricycle), Seize the Day (Tricycle), Othello (Cheek by Jowl), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic). Her many television credits include A Touch of Frost (ITV), Criminal Justice (BBC), Kingdom (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC) and Hunger (ITV).