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News - Northern Ballet presents The Great Gatsby

Friday, March 01, 2013
A new production of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby', presented by Northern Ballet, opens on March 2 at Leeds Grand Theatre, and tours around the UK until May. The production is set to the music of Richard Rodney Bennett and choreographed by David Nixon. It promises to be a stunning retelling of one of the most compelling stories of the twentieth century and is said to be the must see ballet for 2013.

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SYNOPSIS
The story takes place on New York's Long Island in the heady, indulgent days of the 1920s. Young Midwesterner Nick Carraway meets his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby - a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties. As the sparkling façade of Gatsby's world begins to slip, Carraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lie beneath.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
The seductive style of the era is recreated through stunning sets and costumes and the music which features various pieces from Bennett's impressive repertoire including the theme from Murder on the Orient Express, Partita and I Never Went Away. As one of Britain's most respected and versatile musicians, Bennett produced over two hundred works for the concert hall and fifty scores for film and television, as well as having been a writer and performer of jazz songs for fifty years.

CREDITS
Choreography, Direction, Scenario, Costume Design David Nixon, OBE
Co Dorection, Scenario Patricia Doyle
Set Design Jerôme Kaplan
Music Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, CBE
Orchestrations by John Longstaff and Gavin Sutherland
Performed live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia
Music advisor Anthony Meredith
Lighting Design Tim Mitchell


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