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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
Praise for previous productions of Gatsby:
“…This musical adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel grips throughout…”
“…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”
“Joe Evans’ score manages to capture both the hedonism and the deep despair of the age”
“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”
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…”
“… 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
Age Guidance 12+
Composer Joe Evans
Writer/Director Linnie Reedman
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
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