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  • 14 October

    Noël Coward Theatre

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    Elevator Repair Service

    One morning in the office of a mysterious small business, an employee finds a copy of The Great Gatsby in the clutter on his desk. He starts to read it aloud and doesn’t stop.

    At first his co-workers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred.

    Created and performed by the award-winning New York ensemble Elevator Repair Service, Gatz is a spell-binding word-for-word staging of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby. Published in 1925, four years before the Great Crash, Fitzgerald’s account of a privileged generation cut adrift from its moral compass feels as resonant and telling now as it did then.

    Gatz saw LIFT in the West End for the first time in its thirty year history, and brought contemporary performance into the heart of London’s theatre world. Gatz, at eight hours long with three breaks including a long dinner interval, treated audiences to an extraordinary and unique theatrical experience that proved to be the season’s hot ticket.

    An entire parallel universe comes to life… One of the more extraordinary theatrical experiences I have encountered in a lifetime of serious theatre going.

    The Times

    Gatz chronicles the miraculous alchemy that is reading and the transformative power of prose.

    The Mail

    Main photo by Photo Paula Court and Mark Barton – design by N9Design