F Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of infidelity, debauchery and betrayal ignite emotions in Beautiful Damned enjoying a run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre this week.
Adapted by Ben Weaver-Hincks from Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned, the production stars Nadia Cavelle, James Hyde and Guy Hughes.
The story is told through flashbacks, memories and re-enactments, and is accompanied by live jazz, inviting its audience into its intimate speakeasy setting.
Nadia plays Gloria Gilbert, a debutante from the West, naïve, shallow and proudly amoral. Anthony Patch—idle (Hyde) is her drunk dissolute husband who has aspirations to literary greatness.
The faded society couple recall dinners and dances with their friends, Dick, Muriel, Maury. And the ever-present Bloeckman, who seems to pose an indefinable threat to their marriage.
Their parties, which become wilder and wilder, lead them first into danger, and finally into ruin. As Gloria and Anthony revisit the past and reveal their betrayals, we witness their continual failure to come to terms with their own memories.
February 2–5, Leicester Square Theatre
February 7, Charlton Park, Canterbury
February 14–16 Burgh House, New End Square, London
Further dates in February and March will be released shortly.