Gatz, at the Noel Coward Theatre in London previewed from 8th June, and tickets are now available through until 15th July, with discounted tickets available valid for some performances until 6th July.
This play is 8 hours long, yes – 8 hours! – with a cast of 13 who literally read The Great Gatsby novel word for word. There are 2 15 minute intervals and a 1 hour 15 minute interval during the performance.
Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece is delivered word for word, startlingly brought to life by low-rent office staff in the midst of their inscrutable business operations.
The thought of an 8 hour play may be odd, but Gatz has been performed for the last 10 years, on and off at theatres and festivals around the country, and several generations have moved through the cast. The show’s commercial success has been “shocking to everyone”, says Scelsa. It has toured in Australia, Norway and Singapore. The New York run, at the Public theatre, was sold out.
As a “one-off” this is a must see play – but it’s success surely also dictates that it should be seen by theatre lovers everywhere.