F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Masterpiece The Great Gatsby  Comes to The Atkinson

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Masterpiece The Great Gatsby Comes to The Atkinson

Blackeyed Theatre’s new stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby, commissioned to mark the 90th anniversary of the novel’s publication comes to The Atkinson this September.


Recreating the sights, sounds and feel of America’s Roaring Twenties, 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, whose work includes The May Queen (Liverpool Everyman) and The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Liverpool Playhouse/Nottingham Playhouse), 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 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great story of a doomed love and a decadent decade, heading toward 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 Fitzgerald’s Great American masterpiece roaring into 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 (Oldham Coliseum)), Tristan Pate (Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK Tour and West End), Cider With Rosie (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and UK Tour)) and Stacey Ghent (Sondheim: Women (St. James Theatre), Father Christmas (Lyric Hammersmith), The Opinion Makers (Mercury Theatre and Derby Theatre)), as well as Tom Neill, Celeste De Veazey, Celia Cruwys-Finnigan and Max Roll bring this world premiere to life on stages across the UK.


The production is supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.


The Great Gatsby from Blackeyed Theatre comes to The Atkinson on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 October tickets are now on sale for £14 / £12 concessions / £10 schools / £8 for groups of 30+ plus booking fee*.


They are available online at theatkinson.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.


Please be advised that there is booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone & 50p over the counter.






Blackeyed Theatre
The Great Gatsby
Friday 2 & Saturday 3 October
Tickets: £14 / £12 concessions / £10 schools / £8 for groups of 30+ plus booking fee.


*Please be advised that there is booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone & 50p over the counter.


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website theatkinson.co.uk or call box office on 01704 533333


For interviews images or press tickets please contact emma.lloyd@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2129



About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


The new Museum is now open. Sefton Between Land & Sea tells the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. While Discover Ancient Egypt – the new Egyptology Gallery is the home of the  Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not been seen for over 40 years.


Posted on 24 September 2015 under General news

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