THE LAST TYCOON
PRESENTED BY RUBY IN THE DUST
Adapted by Simon Levy from F Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinishe masterpiece
Directed by Linie Reedman
August 17th to September 10th 2016
THE ARTS THEATRE
MONDAY TO SATURDAY 7:30pm
Tickets £20/ £18 Concessions
Box office 0207 836 8463
SPECIAL GALA EVENING - FRIDAY 19TH AUGUST at 7 pm
The tragedy of a man obsessed.
“He has the power to make anyone’s dreams come true… except his own.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working his way to death…
Monroe Stahr, the “Boy Wonder” is a man obsessed: with movies, with illusion, with the memory of his dead wife and with Shakespeare. When an earthquake nearly destroys the studio, an enigmatic and mysterious Englishwoman steps out of the wreckage.
Is she the one to save Stahr? Or will his latest obsession finally destroy him?
Ruby In The Dust presents the European Premiere of The Last Tycoon, the last novel written by F Scott Fitzgerald. Ironically, like the titular hero of the novel, both great men died before finishing their masterpiece.
F Scott Fitzgerald died before he completed his masterly study of Hollywood in its heyday. It is his final, poignant farewell to the Great American Dream – a bittersweet love affair set in a never-never land: 1930s – The Golden Age of Holloywood.
Fitzgerald modelled Monroe Stahr on the historic film producer, Irving Thalberg. The story follows Stahr's rise to power in Hollywood, and his conflicts with rival Pat Brady (based on prominent studio head Louis B. Mayer) – a man desperate to kill Monroe’s dreams… and even Monroe himself!
With music from the period and a mixture of period and original film footage, this tale evokes the nostalgia of a lost age and lost dreams. A journey into the literal and metaphorical heart of a great man.
For anyone who is a fan of the movies and of Fitzgerald’s work,this is an evening of theatre not to be missed.
Backstage West Drama-Logue
The Last Tycoon plays well to Hollywood glamour
The Los Angeles Times
Praise for GATSBY:
“…Evokes the decadent rush of the jazz era and its seedy underbelly…”
TIME OUT – SHOW OF THE WEEK
“…revels delectably in the period glitz… deftly harnesses the yearning beat of jazz that echoes so perfectly the novel’s strains of heartbreak and disenchantment…”
“…Oozing class… this musical adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel grips throughout…”
View details of our previous productions including press reviews of Bonnie and Clyde, Dorian Gray, Romeo & Juliet, Bel Ami, Rapunzel's Last Midnight, Song of the Seagull, Starchild.
All titles are available for licence. Complete with full music score.
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