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Gypsy Reviews – Round-up of reviews at Chichester Festival Theatre

October 16, 2014 

Imelda Staunton stars in GYPSY at Chichester Festival Theatre – Round-up of Reviews

Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. Photo: Roy Tan

Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. Photo: Roy Tan

Chichester Festival Theatre’s revival of Gypsy has opened to rave reviews.

Jonathan Kent’s new staging sees him reunite with Imelda Staunton following their triumphant work on Sweeney Todd.

Imelda stars as ultimate stage mother ‘Mama Rose’ in the show, alongside Lara Pulver as Louise and Kevin Whately as Herbie.

Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, this 1959 show features a score by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents.

To say that there are rumours of a West End transfer for the show is understating it! Let’s hope it comes to town, but where’s it gonna go?!

Gypsy runs until 8 November 2014.

LINKS

First look at photos from GYPSY
More about Gypsy on WestEndTheatre.com

Photo First Look: Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton

October 12, 2014 

Photo First Look at Gypsy at Chichester Festival Theatre starring Imelda Staunton.

Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. Photo: Roy Tan

Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. Photo: Roy Tan

Now playing at Chichester Festival Theatre until 8 November 2014, Imelda Staunton is starring as Mama Rose in Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne’s Gypsy.

Directed by Jonathan Kent, who worked with Staunton in 2011 on Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at Chichester and the West End, the show also stars Kevin Whately as Herbie and Lara Pulver as Louise.

Gypsy is based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee and features a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Jule Styne.

Photos by Roy Tan

LINKS

Chichester Theatre website

Chichester’s Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton

September 11, 2014 

Imelda Staunton stars as Mama Rose in Gypsy at Chichester Theatre

Imelda Staunton to play Mama Rose in Gypsy

Imelda Staunton to play Mama Rose in Gypsy

Chichester Festival Theatre has released more details of their forthcoming revival of Broadway musical Gypsy.

Starring Imelda Staunton (Pride, Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter) as Mama Rose, Gypsy will be directed by Jonathan Kent, and runs at the Chichester Festival Theatre from 6 October to 8 November 2014.

Joining Imelda in the cast are Kevin Whately as Herbie, Gemma Sutton as June and Lara Pulver as Louise, plus Emily Carey and Georgia Pemberton who play Baby June, and Holly Hazelton and Ruby Bridle as Baby Louise.

Gypsy tells the story of the ultimate showbiz mother – Mama Rose (Imelda Staunton) – who treks across America with her daughters Baby June and Louise in search of success with their homespun vaudeville act. As times change, Mama Rose is forced to accept the demise of vaudeville and the rise of burlesque, as well as her daughters’ quest for autonomy.

Choreography is by Stephen Mear, with design by Anthony Ward, lighting design is by Mark Henderson, musical direction by Nicholas Skilbeck and sound design is by Paul Groothuis.

Gypsy features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and is based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.

Chichester 2014 Season

Currently playing at Chichester is Guys and Dolls (21 September 2014), directed by Gordon Greenberg and with choreography by Carlos Acosta. The cast features Clare Foster as Sarah Brown, Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson, Peter Polycarpou as Nathan Detroit and Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide.  Also currently playing is Richard Bean’s Pitcairn (until 20 September 2014).

Forthcoming productions include Taken At Midnight (26 September – 25 October 2014) by Mark Hayhurst which uncovers the harrowing true story of Hans Litten, a celebrated lawyer in 1930s Germany who famously put Hitler on the witness stand, and stars Penelope Wilton directed by Jonathan Church.

Also Dervla Kirwan stars in bittersweet romance Frankie & Johnny In The Clair De Lune (6 November – 6 December 2014) by Terrence McNally, Patricia Routledge stars in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (21 November – 13 December 2014) directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and a new adaptation of The Hundred and One Dalmatians (20 December 2014 – 3 January 2015) by Bryony Lavery directed by Dale Rooks.

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MORE CAST INFO

Imelda Staunton plays Mama Rose. Theatre credits include Good People (Hampstead Theatre and West End), also directed by Jonathan Kent, the West End production of Entertaining Mr Sloane, Life x 3 (National Theatre and The Old Vic) and Guys and Dolls (National Theatre). Film credits include 2014’s Pride, the Harry Potter series and her award-winning performance in Vera Drake. Television credits include Psychoville and Cranford.

Lara Pulver plays Louise. She previously appeared at Chichester in Uncle Vanya. Other theatre credits include Parade (Donmar Warehouse) for which she received an Olivier Award nomination, Honk! (National Theatre) and Into The Woods (Royal Opera House). Television credits include Fleming, Sherlock, Robin Hood, True Blood and Spooks.

Kevin Whately plays Herbie. This role marks his Chichester debut, however he is familiar to many through popular screen roles in Lewis and Inspector Morse, as well as Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Theatre credits include the West End production of Twelve Angry Men.

Gemma Sutton plays June. Credits include Carousel, Blues in the Night and the forthcoming TV drama, Cilla.
The cast also features Dan Burton as Tulsa, Jimmy Chisholm as Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick as Mr Goldstone, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Harry Dickman as Pop, Roger Dipper as L.A, Louise Gold as Mazeppa, Clare Halse as Majorie May, Tom Hodgkins as Weber, Kieran Jae as Yonkers, Julie Legrand as Electra, Jane McMurtrie as Jaynee, Danielle Morris as Geraldine, Jack North as Little Rock, Damien Poole as Kansas, Lauren Varnham as Delores and Natalie Woods as Agnes.

LINKS

Chichester Festival Theatre website

Photos: Guys and Dolls, Chichester Festival Theatre

August 21, 2014 

Production photos of Guys and Dolls at the Chichester Festival Theatre

Clare Foster as Sarah Brown and Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. Photos by Roy Tan

Clare Foster as Sarah Brown and Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. Photos by Roy Tan

One of Broadway’s most popular shows, Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls, is the first musical to be staged in Chichester’s brand new Festival Theatre auditorium.

US director Gordon Greenberg makes his directorial debut at Chichester, ably assisted by a choreographer who is one of the most famous dancers on the planet – Carlos Acosta.

The Guys and Dolls cast includes a heavy-weight list of musical names including Peter Polycarpou as Nathan Detroit, Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide, Clare Foster as Sarah Brown and Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson.

The show won five Tony Awards when it hit Broadway in 1950 and has been in almost constant production ever since with its songbook of classics including Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat, Luck Be A Lady and My Time of Day.

Guys and Dolls is running at Chichester Festival Theatre until 21 September 2014.

Photos by Roy Tan.

LINKS

Chichester Festival Theatre website

Photos of Amadeus at Chichester Festival Theatre

July 21, 2014 

Production photos of Amadeus at Chichester Festival Theatre starring Rupert Everett.

Amadeus at Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo by Roy Tan

Amadeus at Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo by Roy Tan

Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus has opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre, in a revival directed by Chichester Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director Jonathan Church.

Running until 2 August 2014, the play marks the reopening of the theatre after a major restoration and renovation programme.

Starring Rupert Everett as Salieri, the play centres on the Hapsburg Court Composer Antonio Salieri, who is highly admired and praised until Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives on the scene.

Photos by Roy Tan

LINKS

Chichester Festival Theatre

Photos of Miss Julie and Black Comedy at Chichester Festival Theatre

July 11, 2014 

Two one-act plays are currently playing in the Minerva Theatre in Chichester (until 9 August 2014).

Rosalie Craig in Miss Julie and Black Comedy. Photo: Roy Tan

Rosalie Craig in Miss Julie and Black Comedy. Photo: Roy Tan

Miss Julie by August Strindberg is performed in a new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright), alongside Peter Shaffer’s darkly comic farce Black Comedy.

The two plays were first put together by Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Tynan 50 years ago for the National Theatre in Chichester.

Miss Julie stars Rosalie Craig, Shaun Evans, Samuel Dutton and Emma Handy.

Black Comedy stars Roselie Craig, Jonathan Coy, Robyn Addison, Mike Grady, Paul Ready, Samuel Dutton and Marcia Warren.
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Both plays are directed by Jamie Glover with design by Andrew D. Edwards.

Photos by Roy Tan

LINKS

Chichester Festival Theatre website

Photos: Stevie starring Zoe Wanamaker at Chichester Festival Theatre

May 5, 2014 

Production photos of Stevie starring Zoe Wanamaker at Chichester Festival Theatre

Award-winning actress Zoe Wanamaker returns to the Chichester Festival Theatre this month in Hugh Whitemore’s play Stevie – about the life and work of writer Stevie Smith.

Stevie Smith worked for a publishing company by day, and by night retreated to the suburbs and her beloved Aunt to write her piercing poetry and prose.

Directed by Christopher Morahan, this acclaimed play by Hugh Whitemore reveals the unconventional and challenging life of a much-loved writer and features Zoe Wanamaker as Stevie, Lynda Baron as Aunt and Chris Larkin as Man.

LINKS

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Guys and Dolls cast announced

April 25, 2014 

The full cast has been announced for Chichester Festival Theatre’s summer 2014 revival of Guys and Dolls, to be directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Carlos Acosta.

Chichester Festival TheatreCLARE FOSTER
Clare Foster will play Sarah Brown. Her previous Chichester credits include The Master and Margarita and Out of This World. Other credits include West End productions of Merrily We Roll Along, Crazy for You, for which she received a Whatsonstage.com Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, and Avenue Q.

JAMIE PARKER
Jamie Parker plays Sky Masterton. His Chichester credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (also West End). Other credits include Proof (Menier Chocolate Factory), Henry V, Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part 2 (all for Shakespeare’s Globe), and The History Boys (National Theatre, Broadway and Australia and Hong Kong).

PETER POLYCARPU
Peter Polycarpou plays Nathan Detroit. His Chichester credits include The Pajama Game, Sweeney Todd and Love Story, all of which have transferred to the West End. Other credits include the West End productions of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and The Secret Garden, Oklahoma! for the National Theatre, and the popular BBC sitcom, Birds of a Feather.

SOPHIE THOMPSON
Sophie Thompson plays Miss Adelaide. Theatre credits include Clybourne Park (Royal Court) for which she received Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominations, Into The Woods (Donmar Warehouse) for which she received an Olivier Award and Company (Donmar Warehouse and West End) for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. She is well known to TV viewers for her role as Stella Crawford in EastEnders.

OTHER CAST
Other Guys and Dolls cast includes Etian Almeida, Karen Aspinal, Lucy Banfield, John Brannoch, Stephanie Bron, Nic Greenshields, Mark Heenehan, Ian Hughes, Daniel Ioannou, Melissa James, Anabel Kutay, Melanie La Barrie, Lucinda Lawrence, Adam Margilewski, Neil McCaul, Harry Morrison, Michael Peters, Carl Sanderson, Nick Wilton and Matthew Whennell-Clark.

 

LINKS

Chichester Festival Theatre website

Chichester announce new season: Imelda Staunton to play Gypsy, Rupert Everett in Amadeus

March 6, 2014 

Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its new season for 2014, with some big-hitting shows and stars set to appear, and a number of shows with West End transfer potential.

Stars lined up for the new season include Rupert Everett, Imelda Staunton, Sophie Thompson, Peter Polycarpou, David Haig, Penelope Wilton, Rosalie Craig,  Zoë Wanamaker, Patricia Routledge and Dervla Kirwan.

Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton

Chichester Festival Theatre’s artistic director Jonathan Church has announced his plans for the 2014 season.

The Festival Theatre will reopen in July after a £22 million refurb with a revival of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus starring Rupert Everett as Salieri and directed by Jonathan Church.

Peter Shaffer’s work is set to dominate this season, with a revival of his 1965 farce Black Comedy planned, and a number of special events and rehearsed readings.

Long associated with big musicals, Chichester will present two major Broadway hitters this year. Jonathan Kent will work with Imelda Staunton again following their collaboration on Sweeney Todd, to present a new revival of Gypsy, featuring choreography by Stephen Mear and starring Staunton as Mama Rose, Lara Pulver as Louise and Kevin Whately as Herbie.

Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett

The theatre will also revive Guys and Dolls, directed by Gordon Greenberg and with choreography by award-winning dancer Carlos Acosta. The cast features Clare Foster as Sarah Brown, Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson, Peter Polycarpou as Nathan Detroit and Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide.

Also running in the 2014 season will be three brand new dramas: Pitcairn by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guv’nors), Pressure by David Haig and Taken At Midnight by Mark Hayhurst.

Richard Bean’s new play Pitcairn explores the fallout from the mutiny on the Bounty with salty humour and growing horror, and will be directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

Pressure by David Haig, who will also star in the play alongside Malcolm Sinclair, tells the little known true story of a Scottish meteorologist’s crucial role in determining the outcome of the 1944 June D-Day landings.

Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton

Taken At Midnight by Mark Hayhurst uncovers the harrowing true story of Hans Litten, a celebrated lawyer in 1930s Germany, who famously put Hitler on the witness stand, with devastating consequences. The cast includes Penelope Wilton and will be directed by Jonathan Church.

The theatre will also present two new adaptations of classic plays: Miss Julie adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and The Hundred and One Dalmatians adapted by Bryony Lavery.

The new version of Strindberg’s Miss Julie adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz will star Rosalie Craig (The Light Princess), and will be paired with Black Comedy as a double-bill.

Bryony Lavery’s new adaptation of The Hundred and One Dalmatians will be staged by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre directed by Dale Rooks.

Other productions include Zoë Wanamaker playing the title role in Stevie, Hugh Whitemore’s play about poet Stevie Smith, alongside Lynda Baron and Chris Larkin; Dervla Kirwan will star in bittersweet romance Frankie & Johnny In The Clair De Lune by Terrence McNally; and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband starring Patricia Routledge, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh.

 

CHICHESTER FESTIVAL 2014 – LISTINGS

STEVIE by Hugh Whitemore
Director: Christopher Morahan
24 April – 24 May, Minerva Theatre

PRESSURE by David Haig
Director: John Dove
31 May – 28 June, Minerva Theatre
A co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

MISS JULIE by August Strindberg in a new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
BLACK COMEDY by Peter Shaffer
Director: Jamie Glover
4 July – 9 August, Minerva Theatre

AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer
Director: Jonathan Church
12 July – 2 August, Festival Theatre

GUYS AND DOLLS
A musical fable of Broadway based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Director: Gordon Greenberg
11 August – 21 September, Festival Theatre

PITCAIRN by Richard Bean
Director: Max Stafford-Clark
22 August – 20 September, Minerva Theatre
A co-production with Out of Joint and Shakespeare’s Globe

TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT by Mark Hayhurst
Director: Jonathan Church
26 September – 25 October, Minerva Theatre

GYPSY
A MUSICAL FABLE
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee
Director: Jonathan Kent
6 October – 8 November, Festival Theatre

FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE by Terrence McNally
6 November – 6 December, Minerva Theatre

AN IDEAL HUSBAND by Oscar Wilde
Director: Rachel Kavanaugh
21 November – 13 December, Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre
THE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS by Dodie Smith
in a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery
Director: Dale Rooks
20 December – 3 January, Festival Theatre

LINKS

Chichester Festival Theatre website

Imelda Staunton to star in Gypsy

February 14, 2014 

Chichester Festival Theatre has confirmed that Imelda Staunton will star as Rose in their new production of Gypsy.

Imelda Staunton to playing Gypsy Rose Lee

Imelda Staunton to playing Gypsy Rose Lee

The Jule Styne musical with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim is based on the life of famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

Chichester artistic director Jonathan Kent will direct the show, that will run in Chichester from October 2014.

Other casting is to be announced although rumours are that Kevin Whately is to play Herbie and Lara Pulver to play Louise Hovick.

Imelda Staunton returns to Chichester after playing Mrs Lovett alongside Michael Ball in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in 2011, which transferred to the Adelphi Theatre.

If this production of Gypsy is a success, expect another West End transfer.

Other shows that may be coming to Chichester soon include a new production of Guys and Dolls.

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