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Great Gatsby and Charleston charm

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on Tuesday, 01 May 2012

I had never heard of Wilton’s music hall when I made my way there Friday night to see Peter Joucla’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. But as soon as I turned down a quiet little road in Whitechapel and saw the building, I could see the reasoning for the location. great-gatsby1

The crumbling façade of the hall makes it perfect for the location for an evening steeped in the history of the 20s. Its location and the run down look of the building made it feel seedy and dirty, but in a charming 1920s prohibition speakeasy way.

The moment you set foot inside the hall, the theatre starts. The barmen, armed with many bottles of Hendricks Gin, all had a Chicago-type accent adding to the speakeasy atmosphere. And the fact my gin and tonic was served in a jam jar just added to my excitement!  There were bootleg booze sellers strolling around the bar selling contraband pornographic pictures of buff men in sailor hats and little else. It was 50 cents for one or a $1.50 for four, so of course I went for four!

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