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Gatsby's Mansion

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  • Mayfair
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Time Out says

The new home of '20s immersive extravaganza 'The Great Gatsby' is a massive, historic Mayfair building. Until 2017, it was home to the Queen Victoria's Rifles Association; now, it's being transformed into a flamboyant Jazz Age residence serving up three floors of drinking, dancing and partying.

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The Great Gatsby

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Immersive

From relatively humble beginnings at the 2017 Vaults Festival, The Guild of Misrule’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novella has become the longest-running immersive theatre show in London. I’m not sure if ‘The Great Gatsby’ has done the visitor numbers to match those for Punchdrunk’s sprawling epics. But if it hasn’t, it probably will soon: it’s just moved into a new, larger venue at a very multimillionaire-esque address just off Bond Street, dubbed Gatsby’s Mansion. What’s the secret of its success? Frankly, it’s not because it’s a particularly faithful or incisive adaptation of the book. But it would be pretty weird if the reason audiences were flocking to it night after night was because they were all desperately in the mood for an elegiac takedown of the capitalist dream. Nope, this ‘Gatsby’ is effectively a big party. Most of the audience on the night I went turned up in the suggested 1920s fancy dress; the bar sells a truly lethal Old Fashioned; there’s bags of time to just hang out and chat with your friends; and the plot bits are more akin to a series of party games where the audience is divided into groups and taken away for small encounters with characters from the show. (My first one involved Jay Gatsby asking the room a maths question, which I somewhat improbably answered correctly, resulting in my being handed something like a quarter pint of neat gin.) The cast are game enough (though if anyone ever addresses me as ‘old sport’ again, I might combust

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