Theatre Review: Gatsby @ The Leicester Square Theatre
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Walking into the basement of the Leicester Square theatre and I’m greeted by a finely dressed gentlemen asking for a password to grant access to the speakeasy. It’s clear from the outset, this just isn’t a show, it’s a sassy experience, confirmed when the same gentlemen drops his hat onto my silk draped table and begins dancing to live jazz. Inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, the story follows 1925 New York and married Daisy Buchanan, played sensationally by Cressida Bonas, confronted by her past when she reacquaints with old flame “Gatsby”, played by Ludovic Hughes for a story bonded together by glamour, disaster and humor. The micro theatre is transformed into a glitzy shindig baring a magnificent feeling of an era gone-by, cleverly incorporating the audience, feeling like the whole room is part of a film. The production is punchy, fast paced, with the atmosphere changing constantly throughout, making the show so engaging, full of energy and rushes of excitement. The whole cast is extraordinarily beautiful, and sleek with every character portrayal - although some American accents were at first shaky but ironed out by the second half. Every scene change glided smoothly and creates an extra dazzle. Bradley Clarkson plays Meyer Wolfshiem and Daisy’s husband with such class and precision, however depicted somewhere between a womaniser and villain; Mr Buchanan bears exquisiteness and an element of vulnerability which is an exceptional contrast of characters traits played out very well. Nick Carraway, played by Morgan Val Baker, is a timid gentleman exploiting the uncomfortable themes of the production. Cressida Bonas is an obvious star of the show, carrying an air of beautiful sophistication and a character that overwhelmingly enchants. Infusing the films familiarities with credible dramatics and musical delights, the production is a hypnotic affair transporting the audience to a lavish era of jazz, dancing and champagne, hissing with elegance and trauma. Gatsby is presented by Ruby in the Dust and is at The Leicester Square Theatre until Sunday 15 January 2017.
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