On the day it's announced that Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will open the 66th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday May 15, Ruby in the Dust's acclaimed stage production will return for a further London season at Riverside Studios the same week.
On its world premiere in 2012, The Great Gatsby's sold-out run at the King's Head Theatre in Islington, led to three Off West Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Costume Designer and Best Lighting Designer and it was named Time Out's Show of the Week.
Now the critically acclaimed play with music, based on the classic American novel by F Scott Fitzgerald, with actors doubling up as musicians, is returning for a second London season, at Riverside Studios, from Tuesday 21 May, this time with the addition of new orchestrations, and choreography by award-winning Lee Proud, who is joining the creative team.
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.
Matilda Sturridge will once again play the pivotal central role of Daisy Buchanan, the woman for whom Gatsby would sacrifice everything for. Other cast to be announced.
Produced by Ruby In The Dust, The Great Gatsby, will run in rep from Tuesday 21 May - Saturday 8 June together with the world premiere of their new musical, Hutch, about Leslie 'Hutch' Hutchinson, London's most popular cabaret attraction of the 20s and 30s, whose love affair with both Cole Porter and Edwina, wife of Lord Louis Mountbatten, caused a high society scandal.
Press night for The Great Gatsby is Friday 24 May at 7.45pm.
The Great Gatsby 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 Lee Proud. Music Orchestrations Chris Walker.
The production will run in STUDIO 3 at Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL. Tickets £17.50 (£15.00 concs.). Previews all seats £15.00. Box office: 0208 237 1111 or www.riversidestudios.co.uk. The show runs Tuesday 21 May - Saturday 8 June (playing in rep with Hutch). Press Night: Friday 24 May at 7.45 pm.
Tuesday 21 May at 7.45pm
Wednesday 22 May at 7.45pm
Thursday 23 May at 2.45pm & 7.45pm
Friday 24 May at 7.45pm
Saturday 25 May at 2.45pm & 7.45pm
Sunday 26 May at 7.45pm
Thursday 30 May at 2.45pm & 7.45pm
Sunday 2 June at 7.45pm
Tuesday 4 June at 7.45pm
Wednesday 5 June at 7,45pm
Friday 7 June at 7.45pm
Saturday 8 June at 2.45pm
Pictured: Matilda Sturridge as Daisy in The Great Gatsby. Photo by Patrick Dodds.