Immersive Everywhere – led by Olivier Award-winning producers Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook – will bring back London’s longest-running immersive theatrical production this autumn. The Great Gatsby, created and directed by Alexander Wright, reopens in the West End, playing at Gatsby’s Mansion at Immersive LDN in Mayfair from 16 September, with a press night on 24 September (marking F Scott’s Fitzgerald’s 125th birthday).
Full casting has been announced: Oliver Towse will play Gatsby, Lucinda Turner will play Daisy, Hugh Stubbins will play Nick, Jermaine Dominique will play Tom, Steve McCourt will play George Wilson, Jessica Hern will play Jordan, Aminita Francis will play Myrtle Wilson, Alex Wingfield will play Rosy Rosenthal, Aimee Barrett will play Lucille and Greg Fossard will play Joey.
The show, forced to close in March 2020 by the pandemic, reopened under socially distanced conditions and with changes to the show to incorporate extra safety measures at the beginning of October 2020. The show was then forced to close in November due to the subsequent lockdown
Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook said:
“We are delighted to be unveiling a spectacular new cast and can’t wait to welcome our audience through the doors to Gatsby in its full-throttle immersive format. To see our audience spellbound by storytelling and dancing the Charleston together again will be an absolute joy. Gatsby’s back.”
First conceived in 2015 when director Alexander Wright and producer Brian Hook were running The Fleeting Arms – a pop arts and community pub in an abandoned building in York – the show then ran in York in 2016 with a parallel production in Sheffield, and was produced by the Guild of Misrule.
The Great Gatsby first came to London as part of VAULT Festival in 2017 and sold out before the show opened. Since then the show has run in Wales in co-production with Theatr Clwyd, at Halifax’s Square Chapel, and at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. All the while the show has played night after night at Gatsby’s Drugstore in London SE1, inviting audiences into the hedonistic world of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s extraordinary tale, and in 2018 it became the UK’s longest-running immersive production.
Amie Burns Walker and Oliver Tilney are associate directors, choreography is by Holly Beasley-Garrigan, with MJ Lee as associate choreographer, 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.