The Great Gatsby adaptations
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is considered to be one of the great American novels, and Fitzgerald's best work. It's no surprise then that it has inspired adaptations across film, TV, music and more from its release in the 20s to the current day.
Following the World Première of our own adaptation of this classic novel we look back (and forwards) to some of the most noteable adaptations.
- 1926 – Silent film
Herbert Brenon's 1926 Silent Movie is a famous example of a lost film. All that is known to exist of it is this trailer.
- 1949 – Movie
The Great Gatsby 1949 by Elliott Nugent is not widely available today. It starred Alan Ladd, Betty Field and Shelley Winters.
- 1974 – Movie
Perhaps the most famous screen version Jack Clayton's 1974 hit starred Robert Redford as Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy, with a script by Francis Ford Coppola.
- 1999 – Opera
American composer John Harbison was commissioned by New York Metropolitan Opera to create an operatic treatment of the novel, which premièred on 20 December 1999.
- 2008 – TV (sort of!)
In the fifth season of HBO series Entourage, the show's main character Vincent Chase, stars in a fictional film based on The Great Gatsby directed by Martin Scorsese, playing the role of Nick Carraway.
- 2012 – Theatre
Ruby in the Dust's The Great Gatsby musical opened at the King's Head Theatre, London in August 2012.
- 2012 – Theatre (full-text)
In June 2012 Elevator Repair Service brought Gatz to London's Noel Coward Theatre. Set in an office, Gatz was an 8 hour long enactment where every word of the famous novel was read aloud.
- 2013 – Ballet
On 2 March, 2013, Northern Ballet première their newest full-length ballet The Great Gatsby.
- 2013 – Movie
On 10 May Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby opens in the UK. Luhrmann's hip adaptation stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy, featuring music co-written by Jay-Z.