'Gatz' to run June 8 to July 15
London will see three separate legit productions of ”The Great Gatsby” this year.The headline production is ”Gatz,” the celebrated American-lit eight-hour marathon, which returns next month to Gotham’s Public Theater after an SRO run there in 2010. The Elevator Repair Service production, already seen elsewhere across the U.S., Europe and Australia, will run from June 8 to July 15 at the West End’s Noel Coward theater for 23 perfs as part of the 2012 London International Festival of Theater. Prior to that, an ”immersive” production of F. Scott Fitzgerald celebrated Jazz Age novel will take place at Wilton’s Music Hall Apr. 20-May 19. Adapted and directed by Peter Joucia, the production is encouraging auds to dress in Twenties-style clothes for the site-specific production featuring live jazz music. Finally, a musical adaptation will receive its world premiere at the off-off-West End venue the King’s Head Theater. Running Aug. 7-Sept. 1, the novel is adapted by Joe Evans and Linnie Reedman, the latter directing. Casting has yet to be announced. Baz Luhrmann’s movie version, the fourth big-screen outing, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, is skedded for release at the end of 2012.
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