The Great Gatsby at Derby Theatre. 9-13 February 2016

Blackeyed Theatre, in association with  South Hill Park and Eastbourne Theatres

The Great Gatsby 

The Great Gatsby at Derby Theatre

The glittering decadence of America’s Jazz Age  brought to life in sizzling new stage adaptation  of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece

A sparkling new stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby will run at Derby Theatre from  Tuesday 9 until Saturday 13 February.

The Great Gatsby is brought to life by acclaimed Blackeye Theatre and has been commissioned to mark the 90th anniversary of the novel’s publication. This production will embark on a 98-date tour across the UK from September 2015. Recreating the sights, sounds and feel of America’s roaring 20s, as seen through the eyes of Nick Carraway, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece is a brilliant evocation of a society obsessed with wealth and status.

Adapted by Stephen Sharkey, this exciting new production features fabulous live music alongside the timeless language of Fitzgerald’s ‘Great American Novel’ to create a truly fresh and inspiring theatrical experience. Remaining faithful to the spirit and language of the original, this adaptation brings the much-loved novel to life to create a fresh, character-driven piece of theatre. Writer Stephen Sharkey comments: “like a cocktail-fuelled ride in a fast car, this adaptation moves through Fitzgerald’s great story of a doomed love and a decadent decade, heading towards its final, inevitable crash”.

Director Eliot Giuralarocca says: “Stephen Sharkey has shaped and distilled Fitzgerald’s novel into a muscular and narrative-driven portrait of the Jazz Age, full of cool, sexy, stiletto-sharp dialogue as cool as ice in a cocktail. Throw into the mix our wonderful design team along with an ensemble of seven fabulously talented actors, who all sing, dance and play instruments, and I hope we have all the ingredients needed to give the audience a wonderful party and bring this Great American masterpiece roaring to life.”

The Great Gatsby was voted the 20th century’s best American novel by the Modern Library editorial board, now a stellar cast including Adam Jowett (Emmerdale, Last Tango in Halifax, Macbeth); Tristan Pate (Dusty, Dreamcoats and Petticoats, Cider With Rosie); Stacey Ghent, Tom Neill Celeste de Veazey, Celia Cruwys-Finnigan and Max Roll bring this world premiere to life on stages across the UK.

Tickets: £15 – £26.50, concessions available. For more information and to book tickets call the Derby Theatre Box Office on 01332 593939 or online at

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