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The Great Gatsby inspires three UK stage productions

08 February 12 16:15
Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in The Great Gatsby

Three different stage versions of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby are set to take place later this year, it has been announced.

Gatz will open at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre in June and Wilton's Music Hall will host The Great Gatsby in April.

A musical adaption will open at the King's Head Theatre in Islington, north London in August.

Published in 1925, the book has long been regarded as a US literary classic.

Set in New York, the story is about the dreams and delusions of the nouveau riche in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby Musical will be directed by Young Vic Genesis director, Linnie Reedman and award-winning composer Joe Evans has been lined up to write the music.

Casting for the Wilton production is currently underway.

The adaption will feature singing and dancing, as well as Gatsby-themed rooms, which members of the audience will be encouraged to explore before and after the show.

The announcement follows a six-hour off-Broadway Gatsby production, which was a hit at the end of last year.

The Great Gatsby's popularity has soared recently, thanks in part to a new spin-off novel that traces the fortunes of the character Daisy Buchanan's daughter Pamela.

Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann has also started production on a new film adaptation starring British actress Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular Jay Gatsby.

The picture is scheduled for release at the end of the year.

A version in 1974, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow won Oscars for costume design and music.

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