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Review: The Wolf of Wall Street, at 5 Sun Street

13 December, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Alan Devally and Olivia Marcus in The Wolf of Wall Street. Photo: Helen Maybanks

WHEN a fellow audience member says “I’ve got money falling out of my trousers” you begin to question what you’ve got yourself into. We are told to hide as much of the cash as possible so we can get it over to Switzerland.

Thankfully, it’s all part of the immersive experience of The Wolf of Wall Street in Moorgate, directed by Alexander Wright, who is also behind The Great Gatsby in Mayfair.

The audience is split up and we watch different scenes from the life of Jordan Belfort, played by Oliver Tilney, and his brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont.

Martin Scorsese’s film, based on Belfort’s life, was a box office hit six years ago. This theatrical version is like a debauched night out after work – it’s pretty full on, to say the least.

We step into a world where we are told “money will make you happy”. On our “first day” at the company as “new fish”, we are invited to help conceal some drugs, throw fake dollars into the air of the boardroom, watch the family life of Belfort break down and help the FBI agents uncover illegal activity.

The intensity of this production will push even the most extroverted out of their comfort zone.

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