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"GATSBY: The Musical "

comes to Southwark Playhouse

for the Festive Season

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Inspired by OSCAR WILDE's

"THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY"

Wednesday 8th December 2021 – Saturday 8th January 2022

 

 

F Scott Fitzgerald’s renowned tale of the glitz and glamour of the Jazz Age comes to the stage at Southwark Playhouse in a captivating musical adaptation. Following previous successes as a sell-out concert at Crazy Coqs in Piccadilly and an online streamed concert performance at Cadogan Hall, Gatsby:TheMusica lis set to show at Southwark Playhouse this December.

 

Set in a New York Speakeasy in late-December, 1929, we watch the new decade quickly approach as the story unfolds through the eyes of Daisy Buchanan. It has been seven years since she last saw Gatsby, yet the past lingers. Their illicit romance was a cocktail of adoration and complications that needs to be confronted so she can move on, so she bravely returns to the dangerous world she once left behind. Meeting a carnival of characters, including notorious gangster Woolfe, Daisy approaches her past by reliving the dream she shared with Gatsby. But who is she really? And where is Gatsby? 

 

This original retelling of Fitzgerald’s classic novel pivots the focus to Daisy, with references to the real woman that inspired her character; his wife, Zelda Fitzgerald. Written and directed by Linnie Reedman, with original compositions by Joe Evans, the story switches between the beginning of the 1920s to the turn of the decade, while Fitzgerald’s fantastical characters play out the drama of the novel. With elegant pace, a smoky jazz score and garnished with wry humour, Gatsby: The Musical revels in the decadence of the period. 

 

Vibrant characters, decadent music and infectious rhythms collide with personal conflicts and lost loves. This production is a fresh understanding of characters and a story made compellingly relevant totoday. Themes of loss and disappointment arei ntertwined with a sense of hope for a better tomorrow, and a green light that keeps us reaching out. Gatsby: The Musica lis now resonant with the Roaring Twenties we find ourselves in once again.

 

 

Music and Lyrics by Joe Evans

Book by LInnie Reedman

 

 

 

Dorian Gray Bart Lambert

Lord Henry John Addison 

Sibyl Vane Fia Houston-Hamilton 

Charlie Rose Robert Grose 

Basil Hallward Lewis Rae 

Lady Henry Johanna Stanton 

Mrs Leaf Sophie Jugé 

Adrian Tristan Pegg

 

Composer Joe Evans 

Writer/Director Linnie Reedman 

Musical Director Sophie Jugé 

Assistant Director Scott le Crass 

Lighting Jai Morjaria

Costume Belle Mundi 

Movement Director Anthony Whiteman 

Associate Choreographer Penelope Simons 

Stage Manager Freya Blackwell-Treasure

Producer Kate Edwards 

Artwork Alex Jackson 

 

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Praise for previous productions of Gatsby:

 

“…This musical adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel grips throughout…”

THE TELEGRAPH

 

“…Evokes the decadent rush of the jazz era and its seedy underbelly…”

TIME OUT – SHOW OF THE WEEK

 

“It revels delectably in the period glitz and deftly harnesses the yearning beat of jazz that echoes so perfectly the novel’s strains of heartbreak and disenchantment”

METRO

 

“Joe Evans’ score manages to capture both the hedonism and the deep despair of the age”

THE STAGE

 

“Linnie Reedmans’ seedy speakeasy production has a real sense of mood – a cocktail of despair and violence”

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

 

“Joe Evans’ smoky, jazzy score conveys the hope and glamour of the era, shrouding the insecurities, secrets and sadness below the glitzy surfaces of the characters”

WHATSONSTAGE

 

 

Reviews from Cadogan Hall

 

★★★★★

West End Wilma

 

“…I really hope to see a fully staged performance live and in person in the not too distant future…”

“… Captures the magic…”

“… A glamorous and engaging way to experience the story unfolding…”

“…Within a matter of minutes, I was enthralled…”

 

★★★★

Theatre Weekly

“… Audiences will be left craving a fully staged production of this musical…”

“… A lavish treat…”

“…we find ourselves seeing Gatsby et al in a new light…”

“…it’s a whole new way of viewing the characters we all think we know so well…”

 

★★★★

From Page To Stage

“…Gatsby the Musical is a delightful and emotional show which puts a new spin on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters and is fully deserved of a staged performance once theatres reopen…”

“… Joe Evans’ score, arranged and orchestrated by Henry Brennan, includes a great mix of musical styles, including ballads, jazz, swing and ragtime. There are some brilliant songs brought to life by the talented band, such as Starlight and Wine, Seize The Day, and the beautiful Broken Wings, Broken Dreams…” 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Gatsby: The Musical 

 

Wednesday 8th December 2021 – _Saturday 8th January 2022 

 

Southwark Playhouse, 77-84 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD 

 

Running Time 2 hours, including interval 

 

Times Monday – _Saturday, 8pm 

Tuesday and Saturday matinee, 3.30pm (excluding Christmas Day) 

Christmas Eve, 3.30pm 

 

Box Office Tickets are £22 with previews at £14 available from 

 

www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show-whats-on/gatsby  

 

Age Guidance 12+ 

 

Composer Joe Evans 

Writer/Director Linnie Reedman 

 

 

 

 

 

CASTING TBA

 

MUSIC AND LYRICS by JOE EVANS

 

WRITTEN and DIRECTED by LINNIE REEDMAN

 

LIGHTING DESIGN Dominic Warwick

CHOREOGRAPHER Chris Whittaker

COSTUME Belle Mundi

STAGE MANAGER Edie Fitt-Martin

 

 

PR Naomi O'Toole

for

Chloé Nelkin Consulting

 

 

 

 

 

A ‘Jonathan Joe’ Presentation

with

Ruby In The Dust Theatre

 

 

 

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"THE GHOST LIGHT"

ALBUM RELEASED NOW

 

 

“THREE SONG PREVIEW”

“IS THAT ALL?"

 

“JOHNNY'S HOMESICK BLUES"

 

“ON THE STEPS"

 

 

 

 

 

“Where words leave off, music begins”