Full casting has been announced for Immersive Everywhere’s The Great Gatsby, created and directed by Alexander Wright, which is set to re-open at West End venue Immersive Ldn on 1 October 2020, with a press night on 22 October.
Craig Hamilton will play Gatsby, Lucinda Turner will play Daisy, James Lawrence will play Nick, Dean Graham will play Tom, Lucas Jones will play George Wilson, Ivy Corbin will play Jordan, MJ Lee will play Myrtle Wilson, Hugh Stubbins will play Rosy Rosenthal, Aimee Barrett will play Lucille and Alex Wingfield will play Joey.
Olivier Award-winning producers Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook have re-imagined and re-set the production as an Art Deco Masquerade Ball, with audience members wearing compulsory face coverings to complement their fabulous attire. The show’s costume designer, Heledd Rees, is to create a bespoke face covering that will be available to purchase at the venue should patrons require, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Theatre Artists Fund.
Thanks to the recent announcement of Stage Four of the government’s roadmap for theatres’ re-opening allowing socially distanced indoor performances, the producers of The Great Gatsby continue to refine plans and measures to ensure full compliance with government Covid-Secure guidelines at Immersive Ldn.
The capacity of the venue has been significantly reduced to help patrons – coming as individuals or in household groups – to keep a safe distance from others; and the nature of the show means that audience members can choose where they stand and move throughout the performance, naturally enabling social distancing.
The show content is being altered and updated to avoid any activity that would be considered high risk, and the actors will be further trained to keep groups of audience following the story, whilst remaining at a safe distance. Temperature checks will be undertaken for audience and staff on arrival.
The venue will be deep cleaned before and after every performance, bar equipment sterilised, and hand sanitisers will be available throughout the venue. The producers are also still planning for the eventuality that the show can’t proceed, or individual patrons can’t attend, and are offering a no-questions-asked exchange policy.
Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook said:
“We’re delighted The Great Gatsby is returning to its London home. We’re deeply proud of the team who have worked so skilfully and passionately – with input from the Culture Task Force, Equity, and Westminster – to welcome back our audiences and restore some of the cultural offering in London that has been missing for far too long.
“We are really excited to welcome folks back to Gatsby’s mansion in a responsible and measured way, and to be one of be the first shows in the West End that is able to re-open its doors to fans. At Immersive Ldn we will always lead the way with innovation, and we’re hoping this can be a blueprint to help our other productions around the world begin to open.”
Amie Burns Walker and Oliver Tilney are associate directors. choreography is by Holly Beasley-Garrigan, 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.
Hartshorn and Hook are also currently co-producing the immersive production of Doctor Who Time Fracture. This new production of The Guild of Misrule’s The Great Gatsby is produced by Immersive Everywhere with co-producer Gavin Kalin Productions, and with Glynis Henderson Productions, Theatr Clwyd, We Culture Connects and Damier NV as associate producers.