The Noel Coward Theatre is gearing up to welcome a unique show to its stage in 2012 as the acclaimed American theatre company The Elevator Repair Service brings “Gatz” to the United Kingdom. The production is a much-talked-about piece that gives a brand new spin on bringing novels to life on the stage. In this case it is “The Great Gatsby” that finds itself in the spotlight in a show that doesn’t adapt it to the theatre but instead enacts the novel itself with Scott Shepherd leading a cast of 13 and John Collins taking on the duties of director.
The production lasts for a total of 8 hours and is split into four acts (separated by 15 minute intervals and a 1 hour 15 minute interval between acts 2 and 3): Act 1 is 2 hours and 5 minutes, Act 2 is 1 hour 15 minutes, Act 3 is 1 hour 25 minutes and Act 4 is 1 hour 30 minutes.
The staging is unique as it introduces us to the story of “The Great Gatsby” in a new way. Instead of transporting us to the roaring 20s – the setting of the book – it instead introduces us to the office employees of a small business. One worker finds a copy of the famous novel amongst the clutter and promptly begins to read from its pages. Eventually his co-workers take notice as strange coincidences and happenings take place, blurring the line between fiction and reality.
The Elevator Repair Service, founded by John Collins, has been behind a wealth of stand-out shows on the other side of the Atlantic and those with theatre tickets have regularly witnessed some unique versions of well known stories, the most recent of which was Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” and another of which is “The Sound and the Fury”. These two shows, alongside “Gatz”, form part of a trilogy that explores American literature from the 1920s.
The production is likely to be a much-discussed one as it takes one of the most famous novels of the last century and brings it to the stage. It has been a popular one for some time and with a new movie adaptation set to land in cinemas in 2012 from director Baz Luhrmann it will easily remain in the spotlight.
With “Hay Fever” continuing at the Noel Coward Theatre until the beginning of June, “Gatz” is set to follow it from Friday 8th June 2012 until Sunday 15th July 2012.
|Booking From:||Friday, 8th June 2012|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 15th July 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm|
|Running Time:||8 hours|
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