Alternate Title Salome by Oscar Wilde
Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description In his day job, Steven Berkoff plays the icy, intellectual villain in James Bond movies. By night, the English actor, director, and writer stages passionate, intelligent plays in which he often stars.
This year, Berkoff has resurrected Oscar Wilde's Salome, a retelling of the Biblical story of Salome's passion for John the Baptist and his betrayal at the hands of King Herod (played by Berkoff). Wilde's play has sometimes been criticized as too flowery or too purple for modern taste, but Berkoff has cleverly stripped the play of its peacock feathers, reinventing it as a sleek black tie affair in the 1920s. When it was presented in London and at the internationally renowned Edinburgh Festival, critics noted "It sways with a hypnotic life."