Sean Brown and Matilda Sturridge have been cast in the pivotal central roles of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan in the world premiere of The Great Gatsby Musical, based on the classic American novel by F Scott Fitzgerald.
Sean Brown has appeared in 12 films and was recently acclaimed for his starring role in the play ‘This is How It Goes’ in Hamburg. He has been in the TV dramas ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Red Cap’. Matilda, daughter of film director Charles Sturridge and actress Phoebe Nicholls, has just completed filming on the second series of ‘The Borgias’, alongside Jeremy Irons and Steven Berkoff, directed by Neil Jordan. She played Dorothy in the film ‘FairyTale: A True Story’, directed by Charles Sturridge and was seen on TV in ‘Agatha Christie's Poirot’ (an adaptation of the novel ‘Third Girl’) and ‘Midsomer Murders’.
Produced by the critically acclaimed Ruby In The Dust, The Great Gatsby Musical, which gets its world premiere at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, from Tuesday 7 August - Saturday 1 September, remains true to their ethos of exploring dark, intricate relationships through merging new writing with the original concept.
Press Night is Friday 10th August at 7.15 pm
The rest of the cast is: Anna Maguire, Barnarby Brookman, Claire-Monique Martin, Jon Gabriel Robbins, Naomi Bullock, Patrick Lannigan, Peta Cornish, Raphael Verrion, Steve Clarke.
The Great Gatsby Musical is adapted by Joe Evans and Linnie Reedman, Original Music and lyrics by Joe Evans, Directed by Linnie Reedman, Designer: Christopher Hone, Costumes: Belle Mundi, Lighting Designer: Seth Rook-Williams, Choreographer: Alyssa Noble, Associate?Designer: Laura Hopkins, Assistant Director: Olivia Rowe.
Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach... Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel. Set in the sizzling heat of a 1920s New York summer, The Great Gatsby Musical, conceived and developed in 2011, is a guest production in the King’s Head Theatre’s summer season 2012 – the year of the ‘flapper’ and what promises to see a major 1920s revival.
It is directed by Young Vic Genesis director, Linnie Reedman. A classically trained actress, Reedman has performed nationally in an eclectic range of theatre, and has worked alongside directors such as Alan Rickman (The Winter’s Guest) and Tim Supple (Spring Awakening). Her previous directing credits include Miracle, starring Susannah York and Tim Woodward (set in a crypt), Dorian Gray (Cafe Royal), Romeo and Juliet (Leicester Square Theatre) and Maupassant’s Bel Ami. Most rrecently, she will direct Song of the Seagull, a site specific piece in the Menier Gallery.
The performance will be accompanied by original music by award-winning composer Joe Evans and is performed live, forming an integral part of the script.