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Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working his way to death in a world darkened by the Depression and the rising passion of the screen-writers' unions.

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, who 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.

The cast includes Simon Victor The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), Ej Martin In Lipstick (Arcola), A Midsummer Night's Dream - In New Orleans (Arts Theatre), Lewis Rae To Killing A Mocking Bird Theatre Royal, Jon House The Judas Kiss (Duke of Yorks), Claire-Monique Martin Antigone (Southwark Playhouse), The Great Gatsby (Kings Head Theatre), James Lloyd Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre), Oliver Stanley Princess Cariboo (Finborough), Whistle Down The Wind (Union Theatre), Tristan Pegg The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC, Old Vic), The Years Between (Orange Tree), The Shape of the Impossible (National Theatre). And introducing Hero Douglas as Cecilia Brady

Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy. Performances play The Arts Theatre. Box office 0207 836 8463 or www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk.

Photo Credit: Lidia Cristafulli

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere
Simon Victor and Hero Douglas

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere
Ej Martin

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere
Simon Victor

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere
Claire-Monique Martin and Ej Martin

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere
Claire-Monique Martin, Simon Victor and James Lloyd

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere
Tristan Pegg and Jon House

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere
Hero Douglas

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere
Simon Victor and Jon House

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LAST TYCOON's European Premiere
Oliver Stanely, Simon Victor and Lewis Rae


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