Stephen Sharkey has decided to strip back The Great Gatsby for it’s 90th anniversary (what a gift!) and revive it to it’s flappin’ best. F.Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel captured the 1920’s decadence and changes that were happening socially perfectly, so a tour performed by Blackeyed Theatre really is a fitting present.
The combination of Stephen Sharkey and Blackeyed Theatre is an exciting one, as both have a long list of impressive credits under their belt. Sharkey’s work includes The May Queen (Liverpool Everyman) and The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Liverpool Playhouse/Nottingham Playhouse) to name just a few. Blackeyed Theatre have been established for over 10 years and are known for their imaginative touring productions.
With making the play more character driven, the glamour and excess of the roaring 20’s speaks for itself with Sharkey describing it as “..a decadent decade heading towards it’s inevitable crash.” This paired with lost love and passions running high complimented by live music, means that the story will engage those who are familiar with The Great Gatsby and those who are not.
Director Eliot Giuralarocca has these glowing comments to say about Sharkey’s production:
Stephen Sharkey has shaped and distilled Fitzgerald’s novel into a muscular and narrative-driven portrait of the Jazz Age, full of cool, sexy, stiletto-sharp dialogue as cool as ice in a cocktail. Throw into the mix our wonderful design team along with an ensemble of seven fabulously talented actors, who all sing, dance and play instruments, and I hope we have all the ingredients needed to give the audience a wonderful party and bring Fitzgerald’s Great American masterpiece roaring into life.
Performance Dates for The Great Gatsby
8th – 12th September – Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne 15th – 16th September – Stahl Theatre, Oundle
17th – 19th September – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 22nd – 23rd September – Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton 24th – 26th September – Wilde Theatre, Bracknell
29th – 30th September – The Castle, Wellingborough 2nd – 3rd October – The Atkinson, Southport
6th – 10th October – Greenwich Theatre, London 13th – 14th October – Artsdepot, Finchley
15th – 17th October – New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 19th – 20th October – New Barn Theatre, Blandford Forum 22nd – 24th October – Connaught Theatre, Worthing
27th – 28th October – Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
29th – 30th October – The Brunton, Musselburgh
2nd – 6th November – Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee 10th – 11th November – Octagon Theatre, Yeovil 12th – 14th November – Towngate Theatre, Basildon 16th – 21st November – Theatre Royal, Windsor
23rd – 25th November – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 27th – 28th November – Palace Theatre, Newark
30th November – 2nd December – Mumford Theatre, Cambridge 4th – 5th December – Queens Hall, Hexham
Tickets are available from theatres (see http://www.blackeyedtheatre.co.uk)