It's not just Carey Mulligan who is playing the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby this week.
Northern Ballet's production of the F.Scott Fitzgerald novel arrives in London for it star-studded West End premiere on Tuesday 14th May following a nationwide tour, with premier dancer California-born Martha Leebolt as the woman loved by Jay Gatsby.
"She's very difficult to play because she's not straightforward," says Martha, who HELLO! met in Harvey Nichols Leeds, Northern Ballet's home city, for a Gatsby-inspired fashion show and make-up demonstration by MAC, who also provided make-up for the tour.
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"At the beginning of rehearsals, when we were first creating Daisy, we weren't exactly sure who she was. Then one day we said, 'Maybe that's the point of Daisy, we don't really know who she is all the time,’ and that helped us find our own version of her."
The film version of The Great Gatsby, starring Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, opens the Cannes Film Festival on 15 May and is released in the UK on 16 May. The highly anticipated movie was released in the US on 10 May, and debuted at number two at US box office, with an estimated £33million in takings.
The Great Gatsby effect has already taken hold with a resurgence in 1920s fashion, accessories and hairstyles. The trend has also extended to weddings, with Golden Age-style wedding dresses, music and invitations. London has seen a string of pop-up Great Gatsby bars, with locals sipping on Prohibition-era cocktails.
The Northern Ballet's version of The Great Gatsby has helped achieve its most successful ever spring season, and while the London dates are already sold out it's worth checking for daily returns.
Take a look at www.northernballet.com for more information.
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