The Great Gatsby releases lockdown performance video ahead of reopening

A new lockdown music video from the cast of The Great Gatsby in London’s West End has been revealed.

Filmed during lockdown in November, the performance of the song Velvet Nights, from the penultimate moment in the show comes as the production confirms its reopening for 9 December.

The Great Gatsby, created and directed by Alexander Wright – which holds the record as the UK’s longest running immersive production – re-opened at the beginning of October but due to the enhanced national restrictions announced on 31 October, was forced to close its doors throughout November.

The show is set to re-open at West End venue IMMERSIVE | LDN on Wednesday 9 December and has now extended its new booking period to Sunday 7 March 2021.

Olivier Award winning producers Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook re-imagined and re-set the production as an Art Deco Masquerade Ball, with audience members wearing compulsory face coverings to complement their fabulous attire.

Craig Hamilton plays ‘Gatsby’, alongside Lucinda Turner as ‘Daisy’, James Lawrence as ‘Nick’, Dean Graham as ‘Tom’, Lucas Jones as ‘George’, Ivy Corbin as ‘Jordan’, MJ Lee as ‘Myrtle’, Hugh Stubbins as ‘Rosy Rosenthal’, Aimee Barrett as ‘Lucille’ and Alex Wingfield as ‘Joey’.

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Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook said: “For us, 2020 has been a year of hard work and immense pride, our talented cast and crews have faced seemingly impossible odds and remarkable challenges to restage this production. For the time in which we were open we couldn’t have asked for a more brilliant and engaged audience, who were as delighted as we were to take back to the stages.

“The second lockdown was always a likelihood, and all we can do is lay our best foot forwards and once again return to the stage – now we’re in Tier 2 – with the interests of our audiences and each other at our heart.

“We hope this video is a small way to give thanks for that to our audiences who, without them, all would be for nothing.”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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