Once penned as a jazz age classic, a tale of lavish glamor with “gleaming, dazzling parties”, now Immersive Gatsby has taken every inch of storytelling from page to utter spectacle; a captivating theatrical experience you would be a fool to miss. If I could give a production 10 stars, this would be it! So rare is an immersive show where you truly feel part of the story and not just like a spectator looking into a fish tank.
The plot takes us in all sorts of directions – literally, the audience get taken off here and there into different rooms, different scenes so every individual audience member could witness an entirely different show. The timings and narrative are implemented to perfection with such poise and elegance. I stopped myself to think of the mechanics of the whole concept and found myself in awe. Just like Jay Gatsby’s fictional parties, we are too, able to walk through his mansion into different rooms and take part in the scene at hand, the actors involving us as if we’re old trusted friends. We see the drama unfold between Tom Buchanan, his wife Daisy and her first love Jay Gatsby in a sordid evening of opulence, infidelity and wild antics.
The set was just sensational. The main room hosts a platformed stage with piano, mic, drum and guitar, ready to be played by the actors at different points, a bar and a staircase, all decorated in that instantly recognisable 1920s art deco Gatsby interior. The other rooms I got to see throughout the experience were Gatsby’s office – authentic with a library and hidden door, a small parlor room with records and a small dressing room with beautiful gowns hung across the wall. For the final scenes the whole group were reunited in the main space to see the action unfold around us.
Musically, the show was riveting. From the gorgeously composed sounds of Brown, Sitima and Sims to the live music and singing, there is not one talent that took amiss in this show. Steve McCourt who played George Wilson showed off his many skills with his piano playing and deep velvety voice. The energetic dance of the Charleston was performed numerous times and even broken down and taught to the audience; As I said this is truly immersive, there is no hiding from the audience participation.
From the moment I entered the building until the second I walked out, I was truly consumed by the grandeur and extravagance of the whole experience; the PERFECT night out in London. At the risk of writing a book about how entirely superb this production is, I shall conclude with a simple command: Go and see The Great Gatsby at Immersive LDN!
Review by Esther Neville
Seat: Immersive | Price of Ticket: £48