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Gatsby - production images released of Cressida Bonas and cast

Cressida Bonas

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCTION images have been released of Cressida Bonas and the cast of Gatsby. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Images have been released of Cressida Bonas and the cast rehearsing Gatsby. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Cressida Bonas will star as Daisy Buchanan in Ruby in the Dust’s production of Gatsby. With music and lyrics by Joe Evans and book by Linnie Reedman, it runs at Leicester Square Theatre from November 29, 2016 to January 15, 2017.

For this intimate and enveloping play with music inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, ‘Downstairs’ at Leicester Square Theatre will be transformed into a speakeasy where the Jazz age is in full swing and, two years after the events of the book, a haunted Meyer Wolfshiem is forced down memory lane by a mysterious young woman asking after Gatsby.

The year is 1925. New York is under the siege of Prohibition, and Speakeasy’s are the place to be, and to be seen. Except for Meyer Wolfshiem’s ‘Luna Park’, which has been shut down for two years after he received the “biggest shock of his life”. When he finally opens the doors again – a young woman walks in asking after “Gatsby”. What secrets are stirred as she is forced to confront the past she’s been trying to escape?

In Gatsby’s ‘Speakeasy’, F Scott Fitzgerald’s fantastical characters play out the drama, the wry humour and the tragedy of the novel. Audiences are invited to dress up, sip cocktails and immerse themselves in the dreams, the glamour, the magic and the excess, and ultimately the tragedy of this iconic story.

Cressida Bonas returns to the Leicester Square theatre after her one woman show An Evening with Lucian Freud in 2015. Joining her in the cast of Gatsby are Ludovic Hughes as Jay Gatsby, Morgan Val Baker as Nick Carraway and Ellen Francis as Jordan Baker, with further casting to be announced.

Director Linnie Reedman said: ‘I am looking forward to working with this very special team on a piece which will take us on a bit of a magical journey. The actors are prepared to go the extra distance and I feel privileged to be a part of what they will discover and present.’

Ruby in the Dust was formed by director/writer Linnie Reedman and composer/musician/writer Joe Evans. Together, they’ve brought more than 12 productions to the stage that run the gamut from the fringe to the West End. They received the blessing of the Cole Porter Estate to use several Porter compositions for their production of Hutch in 2013, and their recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in New Orleans, featured the songs of the legendary Dr. John, and was granted the rights to use the Disney owned Randy Newman song Down In New Orleans.

Gatsby is also directed by Linnie Reedman and has choreography by Thomas Michael Voss, lighting by Dom Warwick, design by Hanna Wilkinson and neon light installation by The Lake Twins. Photographer is Nobby Clark.

Gatsby is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: £25, £20 concessions, limited £32 cabaret seating. To book, call the box office on 0207 734 2222 or visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm (for Christmas closures please see website).

Running Time: 120 minutes including interval.