Immersive Everywhere – led by Olivier Award-winning producers Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook – have announced new casting for London’s longest running immersive theatrical production The Great Gatsby. Adapted and directed by Alexander Wright, The Great Gatsby is playing at Gatsby’s Mansion within Immersive|LDN in Mayfair until 30 October 2022.
Welcome back to the roaring twenties! Jay Gatsby invites you to one of his infamous parties. The champagne flows and as the drama unfolds the man himself will be the perfect host. As invites go, this is the hottest ticket in town. A hedonistic world of red hot rhythms, bootleg liquor and pure jazz age self-indulgence awaits. Dress to the nines and immerse yourself in this heart racing adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal tale.
Elliot Liburd – whose immersive credits include The Third Day: Autumn for Punchdrunk and Sky TV, and Sherlock Holmes: an online adventure for Les Enfants Terribles – will join the company for the first time to play ‘Jay Gatsby’. Safeena Ladha – a 2020 graduate who recently made her West End debut as Stick Lady Love in StickMan Live at the Leicester Square Theatre- will play ‘Daisy’
Elliot Liburd said, “I’m really excited to explore the character of Gatsby, he is all at once mysterious and readable, vulnerable and authoritative. All of F Scott’s characters are so rich, I can’t wait to see how my version of Gatsby fits into the ensemble. Immersive theatre feels like a natural evolution of the industry especially after a pandemic. I think people are looking for connection and what better way than a party that is also a show!”
Safeena Ladha said, “I am delighted to be playing Daisy. What a character! I think she might be seen by some as just “the golden girl or the love interest” sort of character but I think she is more complex and real than just that ideal. She is, yes, a fictional character but I get to bring my interpretation of her to life; a real woman with real feelings. And what a world for the actors and the audience to be in! We all get to be inside Gatsby’s party, experiencing it together, and we all get to contribute to how things play out – it’s real! I’m excited to see what the audience bring out of our characters each night.”
Hugh Stubbins will continue in the role of ‘Nick Carraway’, Steve McCourt will continue in the role of ‘George Wilson’ and Jessica Hern will continue in the role of ‘Jordan Baker’. Alex Wingfield will take the role of ‘Tom Buchanan’, Aimee Barrett will take the role of ‘Myrtle Wilson’, and Greg Fossard will take the role of ‘Rosy Rosenthal’. New company members Sophia Lewis and Euan Wilson will play ‘Lucille’ and ‘Joey’.