Review: The Great Gatsby, Lyceum

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DAVID Nixon took a bit of a gamble translating F Scott Fitzgerald’s complex novel into a ballet and on the whole it’s paid off.

Central figure Jay Gatsby is enigmatic and without dialogue it’s tricky to convey his fascination with Daisy or the criminal background he’s at pains to cover up.

Gatsby is a self-made millionaire whose yearning for Daisy, who he loved as a teenager, has led him to build a magnificent home near hers in 1920s Long Island to lure her back. He befriends Daisy’s cousin Nick (Giuliano Contadini) to help.

She is now married to the aggressive Tom (Kenneth Tindall), who is having an affair with garage owner’s wife Myrtle (Victoria Sibson).

Eventually the tensions explode with tragic consequences.

Martha Leebolt is elegantly excellent as usual as Daisy and Tobias Batley manages to convey both elusiveness and passion.

Victoria Sibson is wonderfully passionate and Benjamin Mitchell makes the most of a support role as her wronged husband.

If the intricacies of the drama prove puzzling, surrender to the glamour and passion of the 1920s.

Enjoy the ballet, music and sets and marvel how some of the lovely dress material cost £1 a yard from Leeds market – a tribute to Julie Anderson and the wardrobe team.