The famous 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald will be bought to life when ‘The Great Gatsby’ comes to the Newbury Corn Exchange from Tuesday, February 2, to Wednesday, February 3.
When Nick Carraway arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream to become a writer, he moves in next door to, and becomes friends with, millionaire Jay Gatsby
When the two form a friendship, Nick becomes drawn into the fascinating world of money, in which he witnesses a number of illusions and deceits and writes a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.
“For me, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is about the American dream, and indeed the ‘manifest destiny’ that we all have – ‘who am I going to be?’ and ‘what am I going to do with my life?’”, actor Tom Neill, who plays George Wilson, told the Observer.
“Gatsby is a man with a dream, and we get to see how it works out for him.”
The novel was met with mixed reviews when it was first published
When Fitzgerald died in 1940, aged 44, due to a heart attack, he believed he died a failure after his most famous piece of work only sold 20,000 copies in its first year.
But, after his death, ‘The Great Gatsby’ was revived and was soon put on the curriculum at a number of different American high schools, which saw its popularity grow.
Over the next few decades, ‘The Great Gatsby’ became one of the best-selling novels of the century, and has since seen the story moved on to the stage and big screen, with the most notable adaptationion being the 2013 blockbuster of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
“This is a gripping story with high drama and wonderful music from the roaring ‘20s with sumptuous costumes, an extravagant art-deco set and, for a few pounds extra, a lavishly printed programme that raises money for the charity Ataxia UK,” Tom said.
“We had a show on the night Paris was attacked.
“We are usually quite full, but there were only 24 people in that night, and they were silent the whole way through and I thought they hated it.
“At the end, an old guy in the middle led a standing ovation for us.
“I was grateful for that, and it reminded me of how special it is that we can create and enjoy the arts in this country.”
The show is suitable for over-12s. Tickets cost from £9, with both shows starting at 7.45pm.