Noel Coward Theatre

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  • Booking until: Sunday, 15 July 2012
  • Running time: 8 hours
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Gatz description

James Gatz Â? that was really, or at least legally, his name.

One morning in the shabby 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 out loud and doesn't stop. At first his coworkers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, it's no longer clear whether he's reading the book or the book is transforming him.

8 hours long and with a cast of 13, Gatz is by far the New-York-based Elevator Repair Service Theatre Company's most ambitious endeavor yet Â? not a retelling of the Gatsby story but an enactment of the novel itself. Fitzgerald's American masterpiece is delivered word for word, startlingly brought to life by low-rent office staff in the midst of their inscrutable business operations.

The schedule of performance is as follows:

Act 1 Â? 2 hours and 5 minutes

Interval Â? 15 minutes

Act 2 Â? 1 hour and 15 minutes

Long Interval Â? 1 hour and 15 minutes

Act 3 Â? 1 hour and 25 minutes

Interval Â? 15 minutes

Act 4 Â? 1 hour and 30 minutes

Playing at Noel Coward Theatre

85-88 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU (venue info)

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