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Gatsby is one of my all time favourite books, so when I saw immersive Gatsby tickets on offer I jumped on it.

For those of you not familiar with the story – The Great Gatsby written by the incomparable F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 follows the story of Nick Carraway. Nick rents a house on Long Island, New York next to Jay Gatsby’s mansion. Gatsby is a multi-millionaire, and throws very elaborate parties however he himself never takes part in them. The story is set in 1922 during the Jazz Age.

First you enter Gatsby’s Mansion, and are greeted by a cast member, they inform you that phones are not allowed out before or during the show – there were no phones in the 20s after all. But you are able to snap pictures after the show has finished.

You are then led into the main room, complete with a bar, a stage and a few tables scattered about. As soon as you enter you feel like you’ve been transported to the 20s. From the decor to the bar menu to the staff’s American accents you are fully immersed in the experience.

Starring Oliver Towse as Jay Gatsby the host of the extravagant party. We’re introduced to Daisy played by Lucinda Turner and Jordan played by Aimee Barrett the night I went, plus other characters throughout the party. The guests of the party are taught to Charleston which is great fun, plus you are treated to some musical numbers by the cast as well.

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The main parts of the story are played out in the main room in front of everyone. But, throughout the night guests at the party are taken into different rooms with the actors to watch them play out different scenes. If you want to experience this, I would recommend standing around the edges and following the characters when they take an exit. People are also pulled up to take part in the show at different points, which is good fun.

The story remains true to the book, and is just as beautiful and tragic when played out in front of you. The cast are great, and are especially good at involving audience members in the show and keeping their energy levels high.

Immersive Gatsby like one big party, it’s a mixture of theatre and a night out. I immediately wanted to go again to try and get into different rooms throughout the night to see what happens in them. I highly recommend this, the show is so much fun!

Go dressed up in 20’s gear to fully immerse yourself!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Seen in November 2021 – with the Cast Including; Oliver Towse (Gatsby), Lucinda Turner (Daisy), Hugh Stubbins (Nick), Jermaine Dominique (Tom), Steve McCourt (George Wilson) Jessica Hern (Jordan), Aminita Francis (Myrtle Wilson), Alex Wingfield (Rosy Rosenthal), Aimee Barrett (Lucille) and Greg Fossard (Joey).

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