Wednesday 24 January 2018

The Great Gatsby's interactive showcase at The Gate sells out rest of its month-long run

Paul Mescal, who plays Gatsby, and Kate Gilmore, who plays Kitty, in the Gate Theatre’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Paul Mescal, who plays Gatsby, and Kate Gilmore, who plays Kitty, in the Gate Theatre’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Charlene McKenna prepares for her performance in ‘The Great Gatsby’ at The Gate. Photo: David Conachy
JAZZ AGE: Charlene in ‘The Great Gatsby’ at The Gate
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The Gate Theatre’s immersive production of the Great Gatsby has sold out for the entirety of its run.

The production, which is part of new Director Selina Cartmell’s first season, sees the theatre transformed into Jay Gatsby’s West Egg Mansion.

The show opened on July 12 and runs until September 15 but unfortunately for those haven’t got round to seeing it – all tickets are gone.

The staging of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel stars Charlene McKenna and Mark Huberman.

Charlene McKenna prepares for her performance in ‘The Great Gatsby’ at The Gate. Photo: David Conachy
Charlene McKenna prepares for her performance in ‘The Great Gatsby’ at The Gate. Photo: David Conachy

The seats have been removed from the auditorium, the chandeliers lowered and the entire theatre has been opened up to the public.

The production has garnered high praise from critics but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.

Halfway through the run McKenna, who plays the part of Gatsby’s great love/ spoilt little rich kid Daisy Buchanan, sprained her ankle last month and was left dancing the Charleston in crutches.

Charlene suffered a severe ligament strain during the finale of the show. None of the cast had understudies, so to use that old cliché, it was a case of the ‘show must go on’.

We have worked out certain lifts that the boys can do and then I have my own butler, too.

Guests are encouraged to dance, dress up and drink champagne, gin or whiskey chasers on offer at the various bars.

Aware that liquored up crowds can get rowdy; the cast were given precautionary "code words" to alert each other if things got out of control.

“We've got code words which will get people kicked out," Charlene said. "So there are a lot of preventative measures in place."

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