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The Great Gatsby Cast Announced

The talented performers who will inhabit the famous roles from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald in Sydney’s newest immersive theatre experience were announced this week. The Great Gatsby, an original, immersive production Inspired by the novel and supported by The Arts RISE Grants, will open in February in a specially designed, stylish labyrinth at Wonderland Bar, Potts Point.

Nick Carroway, a naïve young man from Minnesota and the narrator of the story, will be played by Ryan Hodson (Coram Boy, Bell Shakespeare’s The Players). The fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby, who lives in a Gothic mansion in West Egg and is famous for the lavish parties he throws every Saturday night, will be played by recent WAPPA Graduate Jay Peardon. Daisy Buchanan, Nick’s cousin and the woman Gatsby loves, is Jessica Redmayne (TV’s 800 Words, Wentworth), while Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s immensely wealthy husband, will be Joshua Ralph McElroy (Spring Awakening, Cusp).

Hannah Raven (The Judas Kiss, As You Like It) will play Daisy’s friend Jordan Baker, a competitive golfer who represents one of the ‘new women’ of the 1920’s. Myrtle Wilson, Tom’s lover, will be played by burlesque star Alicia Rose Quinn (Three In A Bed, The Mad Hatters Tea Party) and Myrtle’s husband George, the lifeless, exhausted owner of a run-down auto shop, will be Cody Ross (You Got Older, ABC’s Janet King). Meyer Wolfsheim, Gatsby’s friend and a prominent figure in organised crime, will be played by Adam Di Martino (Aladdin, Wind In The Willows). Completing the cast areKristina McNamara (Chicago, West Side Story) and Sebastian Nelson (Rent, Beauty And The Beast).

This ensemble of brilliantly talented Australian actors will offer audiences the opportunity to experience the story of Gatsby as they have never seen it before. Expect secret rendezvous, dramatic confrontations, bootleg gin and a party that only Gatsby could throw.

The Great Gatsby is directed by Beth Daly, designed by Brendan de la Hay and produced by Viral Ventures and Immersive Theatre. Producer Aaron Robuck said, “This is going to be a theatre production like no other. With only 40 audience members per performance, everyone will explore the world of Gatsby up-close and personal in their own individual way. A real rollercoaster ride guided by the classic story and complex characters.”

Feb 18-Jun 26. Wonderland Bar (formerly The World Bar), 24 Bayswater Road, Potts. $75-$85+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.explorehidden.com

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