Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre starring Imelda Staunton

Savoy Theatre, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

Imelda Staunton brings her extraordinary five-star performance in GYPSY to London’s Savoy Theatre.

Following a wildly successful five-star run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, GYPSY gets a much-deserved transfer to the West End’s Savoy Theatre, from 28 March 2015.

Starring Imelda Staunton as legendary stage mother from hell Mama Rose, Staunton puts in a triumphant, career-defining performance as she teams up again with director Jonathan Kent following their award-winning 2013 production of Sweeney Todd.  Joining Imelda Staunton are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie.

Based on the memoirs of legendary American burlesque entertainer and famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, GYPSY features lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Jule Styne and a book by Arthur Laurents.

Gypsy is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time and features a show-stopping score of musical classics including Let Me Entertain You, Rose’s Turn and Everything’s Coming Up Roses.

This stellar, enormously entertaining production is set to be one of the great West End musical revivals of the decade.

Gypsy is directed by Jonathan Kent with choreography by Stephen Mear, design by Anthony Ward, musical direction by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Henderson, and sound by Paul Groothuis.

CAST

Imelda Staunton as Mama Rose. Theatre credits include Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Chichester and the Adelphi Theatre (Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Hannah in A Chorus of Disapproval (Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress) at the National Theatre, and the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical) at the Phoenix Theatre. Other theatre credits include Good People (Hampstead Theatre), Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court Theatre), A Delicate Balance and There Came a Gypsy Riding (Almeida Theatre), Entertaining Mr Sloane (Trafalgar Studios), Life x 3, The Beggar’s Opera, The Second World War and Guys and Dolls (National Theatre), Fair Maid of the West and They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (RSC and Mermaid), It’s a Mad World My Masters (Stratford East), Us Good Girls (Soho Poly), The Corn is Green (The Old Vic), The Wizard of Oz (RSC), Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville), The Lady and the Clarinet (Kings Head Edinburgh), Bold Girls (Hampstead and Dublin), Slavs (Hampstead) and Habeas Corpus (Donmar Warehouse). Television credits includes Tubby and Enid, The Girl, Psychoville, Cranford Chronicles, The Wind in the Willows, My Family and Other Animals, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Britain, Fingersmith, Strange, Family Business, Cambridge Spies, David Copperfield, Is It Legal, Easy Money, The Singing Detective, The Heat of the Day, Ruth Rendell – Sleeping Life, Yellowbacks, An Englishman’s Wife, They Never Slept, Up the Garden Path, A Masculine Ending, If You See God Tell Him, Frank Stubbs and A Bit of Fry and Laurie. Film credits include Pride, Maleficent, The Awakening, Another Year, Taking Woodstock, , Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, Freedom Writers, Vera Drake (Winner of Best Actress Awards from BAFTA, The Evening Standard Awards, Venice Film Festival and British Independent Films Awards, plus Oscar and Golden Globe nominations), Nanny McPhee, Bright Young Things, The Virgin of Liverpool, Blackball, Crush, Rat, Another Life, Shakespeare in Love, Comrades, Much Ado About Nothing, Citizen X, Sense and Sensibility, Peter’s Friends and Twelfth Night.

Lara Pulver is making her West End debut as Louise. She previously appeared at Chichester Festival Theatre in Uncle Vanya. Her other theatre credits include Parade for the Donmar Warehouse, Honk! for the National Theatre, The Last Five Years for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Into the Woods at the Royal Opera House, High Society at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Grease at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Her television credits include Skins, Da Vinci Demons, Fleming, Sherlock, Robin Hood, True Blood and Spooks. Her film credits include The Edge of Tomorrow.

Peter Davison plays Herbie. He was last on stage in the West End as Professor Callaghan in Legally Blonde The Musical and King Arthur in Spamalot. Davison became a household name when he played the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who between 1981 and 1984. His extensive television credits include Tristan Farnon in the long running BBC series All Creatures Great and Small and DC Davies in four series of ITV’s acclaimed The Last Detective as well as New Tricks, Micro Men, At Home with the Braithwaites, The Complete Guide to Parenting, A Very Peculiar Practice, Ain’t Misbehaving and Fear Stress and Anger. His more recent television credits include Unforgiven, Midsomer Murders, Miranda, The Queen, Death in Paradise, Cabbage and Pat and Toast of London. His other stage credits include The Vertical Hour at the Park Theatre, Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, An Absolute Turkey at the Globe Theatre and Arsenic and Old Lace for Chichester Festival Theatre. On film his credits include Parting Shots and Black Beauty.

The cast also features Dan Burton as Tulsa, Billy Hartman as Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick as Mr Goldstone, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Harry Dickman as Pop, Lucinda Shaw as Mother, Roger Dipper as L.A., Louise Gold as Mazeppa, Clare Halse as Majorie May, Tom Hodgkins as Mr Weber, Kieran Jae as Yonkers, Julie Legrand as Electra, Danielle Morris as Geraldine, Luke Street as Little Rock, Damien Poole as Kansas, Lauren Hall as Delores and Natalie Woods as Agnes. Ensemble members include Liz Ewing, Lauren Ingram, Tom Murphy and Phillip Catchpole. The casting of the roles of Baby June and Baby Louise will be announced shortly.

THE STORY

Rose Hovick (Imelda Staunton) has big plans for her two little daughters. Baby June is the innocent star of her show, and as they hoof their way across the musical halls of America Momma Rose plans to keep her innocent! But as the years go by the times they are are a changing, and June is getting all grown up. When teenage June dramatically quits the show, a desperate Rose turns her fierce attention to her other, shyer daughter, Louise. But Louise has spent a lifetime in her sister’s shadow and doesn’t match her mother’s ambition, or fit into the tired old routine. As the lights start fading on the cheery family acts of vaudeville, to be replaced by the riskier attractions of burlesque, audiences expect to see much more of their stars than ever before…

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “Imelda Staunton’s knock-out, psychologically searching performance as Momma Rose… Magnificent.” The Independent

★★★★★ “Jonathan Kent’s exemplary revival of Gypsy is nothing less than a triumph for Imelda Staunton.” Daily Telegraph

★★★★★ “Staunton’s strength of determination makes this quite possibly the most exciting thing I have seen on a stage. A truly great performance in a truly great show.” The Times

 ★★★★★ “Everything about Kent’s production slots perfectly into place.” The Guardian

★★★★★ “Superlative” The Stage