Immersive theatre experience The Great Gatsby has announced its closing season in the West End.
The show is extending its run until 7 January 2023 at Gatsby’s Mansion within Immersive LDN, before closing after 5 years – making it the West End’s longest ever immersive theatre production.
Led by Immersive Everywhere’s Louis Hartsorn and Brian Hook, The Great Gatsby is adapted and directed by Alexander Wright and recreates the hedonistic world of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal tale, promising red-hot rhythms, bootleg liquor and pure jazz age self-indulgence.
The show started out in 2015 in community pub The Fleeting Arms in York before travelling to 14 other venues worldwide. The show launched its London at the VAULT Festival in 2017 before moving to Gatsby’s Drugstore in SE1 and finally Gatsby’s Mansion in Mayfair in 2019.
Its current home of Immersive LDN at 56 Davies Street in Mayfair is about to be redeveloped. The building was the former home of the Queen Victoria Rifles, a prominent rifle regiment with a history dating back over two centuries to the Napoleonic era.
Brian Hook said in a statement that: “Gatsby has had a triumphant run over the last seven years and has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of audience members who have dressed up, danced and raised good cheer with us. As one of the first shows back from the Pandemic it’s done some incredible pathfinding for the sector and is held up as one of the most famous immersive theatre shows in the world, with productions throughout England and Wales, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, South Korea and future shows planned in Adelaide, Paris, Cairo and the jewel in the Crown, New York. it’s been a constant source of pride, enjoyment and light. It’s the thing I’m proudest of in my career. Our London venue was always a temporary home and with Grosvenor Estate’s Bond Street development comes a natural jumping off point. We would be thrilled to find a new home for the show in good time. We would like to thank the many casts, crews, general management, producers, marketing, ticketing bars and front of house teams that have called Gatsby’s Mansion home over the years. We wish our landlords the very best with their development and thank them for standing by our side in the Pandemic.”
The cast includes Elliot Liburd (The Third Day: Autumn for Punchdrunk) as ‘Jay Gatsby’, Safeena Ladha (StickMan Live at the Leicester Square Theatre) as ‘Daisy’, Greg Fossard, who joins the cast as ‘Nick Carraway’, Steve McCourt as ‘George Wilson’ and Jessica Hern as ‘Jordan Baker’. Also Euan Wilson will play ‘Tom Buchanan’, Aimee Barrett plays ‘Myrtle Wilson’ and Sophia Lewis plays the role of ‘Lucille’. Harry Pudwell will take the role of ‘Rosy Rosenthal’, and Toby Gordon as ‘Joey’.
The creative team includes Amie Burns Walker and Oliver Tilney as Associate Directors, choreography by Holly Beasley-Garrigan, associate choreography by MJ Lee, design by Casey Jay Andrews, costume design by Heledd Rees, sound design by Phil Grainger and lighting design by Rachel Sampley. The original score was composed and produced by Glen Brown and Tendai Humphrey Sitima, with arrangement and additional composition by David Sims. The original production was created by Holly Beasley-Garrigan, Amie Burns Walker, Hannah Davies, Phil Grainger, Michael Lambourne, Thomas Maller and Oliver Tilney.