The Great Gatsby, with its stunning eloquence, complex characters and mirage of excess, is not ideally suited for stage adaptation. The text of the play relies too heavily upon the poeticism of Nick’s monologues to bridge the gaps between haphazardly strung together key scenes from the book. Therefore, this must have been an incredibly difficult piece for the whole team to have worked with, and the limitations placed upon the actors and director because of the script were evident throughout this production.
“Come on,” a male friend pleaded with me, when I announced that I was off to see the Footloose remake with my girlfriends. “You are so much better than that.” Better than Footloose? Who did he think I was – some kind of film snob? Didn’t he know I scurried to the cinema and saw the Fame remake as soon as it came out? “I saw the trailer,” he continued, which meant he’d seen one more trailer for it than I had. “Isn’t it about dancing being illegal or something?”