Ac­tors get up close and per­sonal as Gatsby moves into Cas­tle Howard

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A PIECE of “im­mer­sive the­atre” cre­ated in York and taken to Lon­don will be restaged in the sum­mer at a sin­gu­larly ap­pro­pri­ate venue.

a two-hour per­for­mance which in­cludes one-on-one en­coun­ters be­tween ac­tors and au­di­ence mem­bers, was fash­ioned from the 1925 F Scott Fitzger­ald novel by the Guild Of Mis­rule the­atre com­pany. It will be staged over five evenings in July at Cas­tle Howard, whose in­ter­na­tional fame stems from an­other novel, Eve­lyn Waugh’s

– the TV adap­ta­tion of which was filmed there.

The pro­duc­tion, cre­ated by York-based di­rec­tor Alexan­der Wright, in­vites the au­di­ence to fol­low the char­ac­ters around the build­ing as the drama un­folds. “The­atri­cal au­di­ences usu­ally view the per­for­mance from the out­side, but with at Cas­tle Howard, the rooms them­selves will be­come part of the story. It will be such an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for per­form­ers and au­di­ence alike,” Mr Wright said.

Ni­cholas Howard, who runs the stately home on the out­skirts of York, said it would be “a very fit­ting set­ting” for the play.

“We are ab­so­lutely thrilled to have se­cured this crit­i­cally­ac­claimed play as a high­light of our sum­mer pro­gramme,” Mr Howard said.

“When the set­ting is to be­come an ‘ac­tor’ within a per­for­mance, it is im­por­tant that the story feels ap­pro­pri­ate for the set­ting, so I think it’s go­ing to be a great way to ex­pe­ri­ence one of the most evoca­tive pieces of Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture.”

The show has been run­ning in south Lon­don since last sum­mer. How­ever, the un­fa­mil­iar and some­times in­ti­mate na­ture of the en­coun­ters with the cast led pro­duc­ers to step in af­ter two in­ci­dents of “sex­ual mis­con­duct” by pa­trons were re­ported.

Ac­tors who are bring­ing The Great Gatsby to the grand sur­round­ings of Cas­tle Howard.

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