Review of The Great Gatsby at The Queen’s Theatre

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Written in 1925 by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is a story about love, hope and optimism.

Gatsby (Sam Kordbacheh) longs after his lost love Daisy (Ellie Rose Boswell), a woman that he had a relationship with five years ago. Gatsby throws extravagant parties, with the hope that Daisy will attend, but that plan changes when Gatsby meets Daisy’s second cousin, Nick (Callum Hughes).

The Great Gatsby marks Simon Jessop’s directorial début, Simon is a longstanding member of the ‘cut to the chase…’ company, he is famous for being the dame at the panto every Christmas and he is also the Theatre’s Associate Artist. Simon’s sense of humour comes out throughout, what essentially is a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.

We see the return of Sam Kordbacheh who plays Gatsby and we last saw him in ‘Our Man in Havana’ as Segura. He has only gotten better since he returned to ‘Cut to the chase’ late last year as Dick Whittington’s cat and we are hoping to see more of him this year.

The other two actors we last saw in ‘Our Man in Havana’ Alison Thea-Skot, who plays Jordan Barker, and Sam Pay, who plays George Wilson. Alison does an excellent job of not only playing Jorden but also sings and plays the ukulele.

Joining the cast, from the recent production of ‘Two and two makes sex’ is Ellie Rose Boswell (Daisy Buchanan), Georgina Field (Myrtle Wilson), Callum Hughes (Nick Carraway) and Sean Needham (Tom Buchanan).

Also joining the cast is Stuart Organ (Meyer Wolfsheim), Stuart has previously appeared in 16 shows at The Queen’s Theatre, including The Merchant of Venice (Antonio) and Judge Turpin in Sweeny Todd

The show start was not what I expected, with a scene where we are introduced to the actors in a form of a rehearsal read through and it’s explained which characters they will be playing. This started the performance in a the nature that it continues, as a drama with comedy undertones

At the end of the night, The Great Gatsby is tragedy and the last scene is one of the most horrific, but the Queen’s Theatre does not leave you with heartbreak instead opting for a final scene that felt like the equivalent of a nice warm hug after what is a heart-breaking story

Just like Gatsby believed to the green flashing light at the end of Daisy’s Dock, I continue to believe in the amazing talents of all the actors and helpers at the Queen’s Theatre and The Queen’s Theatre has not let me down

  • Daisy Buchanan – Ellie Rose Boswell
  • Myrtle Wilson – Georgina Field
  • Nick Carraway – Callum Hughes
  • Jay Gatsby – Sam Kordbacheh
  • Tom Buchanan – Sean Needham
  • Meyer Wolfsheim – Stuart Organ
  • George Wilson – Sam Pay
  • Jorden Baker – Alison Thea-Skot

 

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