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Gatsby: Welcome to the biggest immersive-theatre experience in Nice!

From 12 July to 30 August 2024, Nice will be transformed into the setting of an unprecedented immersive experience with the Great Gatsby! Dive into the greatest adventure ever organised in France: an exclusive event inspired by the extravagance of the Roaring Twenties and based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. On the programme: a wild party, as incredible workshops, scenes and performances transport you to the fascinating world of this novel.

The Great Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece

Want to dive into the 1920s and the world of the Great Gatsby? Of course, but not without learning the story behind this novel considered one of the greatest American masterpieces of the 20th century!

Famed for its elegant style and iconic characters, the story is told from the point of view of Nick Carraway, a young man from a wealthy family who moves to New York to work in finance.

There, he becomes the neighbour of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious and extravagant man who organises sumptuous parties in his luxurious mansion. Gatsby is in love with Daisy, a married woman with whom he once had an affair. He is obsessed with the idea of winning her over again and does everything in his power to get her attention, including becoming rich. In this tale, Fitzgerald offers a scathing critique of American society at the time, highlighting not only love, but also the quest for wealth and opulence, and illusions of success.

The Roaring Twenties: artistic freedom and effervescence

The Roaring Twenties refer to the 1920s, a time characterised by the stark contrast between conservative traditions and a more liberated and modern culture. In the United States, the Roaring Twenties were marked by Prohibition, a period in which the sale, production and consumption of alcohol were illegal, resulting in the emergence of gangsters like Al Capone.

In terms of culture, the Roaring Twenties are associated with the development of jazz, the Charleston and the Flapper movement – women who challenged traditional gender norms by wearing shorter outfits and behaving more independently. In Europe, and particularly in Paris, the Roaring Twenties are characterised by an unprecedented artistic and intellectual effervescence, with movements like Surrealism and Dadaism which turned established artistic conventions on their head.

The Palais de la Méditerranée: combining luxury heritage with the elegance of its past

The Palais de la Méditerranée, one of the most iconic hotels on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, was a real temple to the arts during the Roaring Twenties. Today, this majestic establishment, built in 1929 in the Art-Deco style, overlooks the Mediterranean Sea with its listed Historical Monument façade.

Once a casino and luxury hotel, frequented by high society seeking entertainment on the French Riviera, this building was the scene of sumptuous soirées and cabaret shows during this lively era.

Today, the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée remains a symbol of the glamour and history of the Côte d’Azur, calling back to past splendour and follies.

Gatsby in Nice: the unmissable event of the summer

Red velvet armchairs, great lounges bursting with socialites, the intoxicating mix of exotic perfumes and drinks … The atmosphere of the “Gatsby in Nice” experience is simply incredible, like stepping back into the year 1929! And Jay Gould, the hotel’s creator himself, has invited you to celebrate the inauguration of the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée. To organise this party, he has come together with the enigmatic American billionaire the Great Gatsby, on holiday in Nice. The crème de la crème of the time are all jostling to attend what promises to be a truly memorable event!

Over the course of the evening, you’ll not only have the chance to meet the book’s characters, like Gatsby, Daisy, Tom or Nick Carraway, you’ll also mingle with historic French figures like Mistinguett or Paul Carbone. It’s up to you which path you’ll take. The doors you open and the actions you take are your choice … However, remember that each of your decisions could influence how our story unfolds!

Experience the extravagance of the Roaring Twenties as if you were there!

A unique opportunity to step inside the elegant and playful world of a theatrical experience in which you will take control of your own destiny – whether you choose to be a spectator or an actor. Professional actors will move all around you, bringing this immersive and decadent atmosphere to life. To the sound of jazz tunes, start by sipping on a typical cocktail from the time, created by a seasoned mixologist, then let yourself be carried away by the intoxicating songs and the Charleston and other dances that will punctuate the evening, characterised by an enchanting mix of energy, sensuality and freedom. Remember: tonight, you’re the star of the show!

Make your own choices, interact with the other characters and create your own plot in this wild setting, infused with the spirit of the Roaring Twenties and peppered with historic facts. Dive into the heart of this legendary time and experience the legendary evening you’ve always dreamt of!

 

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