Step back into roaring 20s for sparkling ballet adaptation of American novel

New York. The roaring 20s. Glamour, excess and indulgence. These are the heady ingredients of The Northern Ballet adaptation of The Great Gatsby, coming to Milton Keynes Theatre next week.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 12th April 2013, 3:00 pm
The Great gatsby, NORTHERN BALLET:Jay Gatsby; TOBIAS BATLEY,Daisy Buchanan; MARTHA LEEBOLT, Myrtle Wilson; VICTORIA SIBSON, Tom Buchanan; KENNETH TINDALL,Nick Carraway; GIULIANO CONTADINI, Jodan Baker; HANNAH BATEMAN, George Wilson; BENJAMIN MITCHELL, Young Daisy; MICHELA PAOLACCI, Young Gatsby; JEREMY CURNIER,
The Great gatsby, NORTHERN BALLET:Jay Gatsby; TOBIAS BATLEY,Daisy Buchanan; MARTHA LEEBOLT, Myrtle Wilson; VICTORIA SIBSON, Tom Buchanan; KENNETH TINDALL,Nick Carraway; GIULIANO CONTADINI, Jodan Baker; HANNAH BATEMAN, George Wilson; BENJAMIN MITCHELL, Young Daisy; MICHELA PAOLACCI, Young Gatsby; JEREMY CURNIER,

On Long Island in that glittering era, Nick Caraway comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby - a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties.

As the sparkling façade of Gatsby’s world begins to slip, Caraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lie beneath.

With Gatsby’s fabulous parties playing a key part in the plot, it’s no surprise that a dance adaptation of the novel works so well.

Flapper girls dancing the Charleston and the Shimmy are a given, and with choreography, direction and costumes by artistic director David Nixon OBE, co-direction by Patricia Doyle and sets by Jerôme Kaplan, it’s a stunning re-telling of one of the most compelling stories of the twentieth century.

Unlike the highly anticipated Hollywood movie, Leonardo Di Caprio won’t be making an appearance, but the ladies (and some gents) in the audience shouldn’t be too disappointed, as there’s a cast of male dancers with finely honed ballet-bodies instead.

David said: “The Great Gatsby is a real American classic from an iconic era. The roaring twenties were a time of exuberance, indulgence, resilience, fashion, dancing and jazz. The story has everything for the makings of a great ballet; a love triangle, decadence, desperation and heartbreak.

“I am proud of the fact that as a company we produce and tour more new full-length work than any other ballet company in the UK. Producing The Great Gatsby shows we tap into current trends, creating work audiences have an interest in at present.”

At Milton Keynes Theatre from April 16 -20. For tickets call box office:0844 871 7652.