Wednesday 26 July 2017

Theatre-goers can step into Gatsby time warp at the Gate

Selina Cartmell (centre) with Roddy Doyle at the launch of her inaugural season at the Gate Theatre, alongside artistic collaborators. Photo: Clare Keogh
Selina Cartmell (centre) with Roddy Doyle at the launch of her inaugural season at the Gate Theatre, alongside artistic collaborators. Photo: Clare Keogh
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The Gate Theatre's auditorium will be stripped of seating and transformed into the 1920s ballroom from 'The Great Gatsby' as part of Selina Cartmell's inaugural season.

Ms Cartmell launched the highly anticipated programme, titled The Outsider, yesterday.

Roddy Doyle's 'The Snapper', 'The Red Shoes' and John Osborne's 'Look Back In Anger' will all be staged over the course of the next 12 months.

The lavish production of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic text will be an immersive promenade piece, with theatre-goers led through backstage areas of the building. As a result of the complex staging, ticket prices will be higher, with the most expensive tickets costing €42.

Charlene McKenna, Mark Huberman and Owen Roe will all star in the production, which will open on July 5.

For the first time, Doyle's second instalment in the Barrytown Trilogy, 'The Snapper', will be adapted for the stage.

It is a fitting place for it to play, given the theatre's proximity to the Rotunda - where character Sharon's baby "the Snapper" is born.

Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Red Shoes' will be this year's festive offering from the theatre. The story was famously transposed to the big screen in 1948, and has been adapted for the stage by Nancy Harris.

Regarded director Oonagh Murphy will make the Gate Theatre debut with Nina Raine's award-winning Tribes.

Speaking at the launch, Ms Cartmell said she wanted to build on the theatre's rich heritage.

She praised her predecessors Hilton Edwards, Micheál Mac Liammóir, and most recently Michael Colgan, who retired after 33 years with the theatre.

Irish Independent

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