January 22, 2015
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.
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 joins the Company to play 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.
Further cast to be announced soon
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…
★★★★★ “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
December 18, 2014
Imelda Staunton stars in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre
Imelda Staunton is returning to the West End this spring in the critically acclaimed production of GYPSY at the Savoy Theatre.
This acclaimed, five-star production transfers from Chichester Festival Theatre to the Savoy Theatre in the West End from 28 March 2015 for a strictly limited season.
Imelda Staunton’s extensive stage credits include Good People at Hampstead Theatre and the Noel Coward Theatre, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre and in Chichester, A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre, National Theatre productions including Guys and Dolls and A Chorus of Disapproval, The Wizard of Oz for the RSC and Into the Woods at the Phoenix Theatre.
Her work in TV and film includes The Singing Detective, Cranford, Vera Drake and the Harry Potter series of movies.
December 8, 2014
Hit musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is to close at the Savoy Theatre in London.
Jerry Mitchell’s acclaimed production of musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is to leave the Savoy Theatre in London on 7 March 2015.
The show will embark on a major UK tour from May 2015, opening at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham from 5 – 16 May 2015 and then visiting the Manchester Opera House, the Sunderland Empire, the King’s Theatre in Glasgow, the New Theatre in Oxford and the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Following Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the Savoy Theatre will host Chichester Festival Theatre’s new production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels currently stars Alex Gaumond (Matilda, Legally Blonde) as Freddy Benson alongside Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winner Robert Lindsay as Lawrence Jameson, Gary Wilmot as Andre Thibault, Bonnie Langford as Muriel Eubanks and Katherine Kingsley as Christine Colgate.
The show has been playing at the Savoy since February 2014 and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots – currently Broadway’s biggest Tony Award winning hit and Legally Blonde), with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane.
What WestEndTheatre.com Says:
This production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is glamorous, slick and fabulously funny, featuring some truly star performances particularly from Robert Lindsay, Alex Gaumond and Katherine Kingsley. Don’t miss the chance to see this big, glossy production before it leaves the West End.
November 21, 2014
Is Imelda Staunton heading back into the West End in the Chichester transfer of Gypsy?
West End rumours are flying (and we are praying) that Imelda Staunton’s star turn in Gypsy gets a West End airing.
The show is rumoured to be replacing Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre from the end of March 2015 onwards.
The show has been one of this year’s biggest new musical openings, and was a must-see at the Chichester Festival Theatre this autumn.
Jonathan Kent’s production of the Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim show, based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, has garnered some heady notices and everyone involved is currently willing it into the West End.
Imelda Staunton stars Mama Rose in the show alongside Kevin Whately as Herbie and Gemma Sutton as June.
Some very nifty choreography by Stephen Mears is worth the transfer alone!
Source: Daily Mail (07/11/14)
Original post: 7/11/14. Updated 21/11/14
October 16, 2014
Imelda Staunton stars in GYPSY at Chichester Festival Theatre – Round-up of Reviews
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.
October 12, 2014
Photo First Look at Gypsy at Chichester Festival Theatre starring Imelda Staunton.
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
September 11, 2014
Imelda Staunton stars as Mama Rose in Gypsy at Chichester Theatre
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.
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.
May 12, 2014
Save up to 46% on tickets to see Good People starring Imelda Staunton at the Noel Coward Theatre
Olivier Award-winning West End star Imelda Staunton puts in a blisteringly funny performance in GOOD PEOPLE at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Her tour-de-force performance in the lead role as Margie – a sharp-tongued single-mother on the edge – has had the critics raving about this extraordinary performance.
This sold-out Hampstead Theatre production has transferred into the West End for a strictly limited ten week run, which ends on 14 June 2014.
Save up to 46% on tickets to see Good People – book by 18 May 2014.
May 2, 2014
The Hampstead Theatre production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Good People will end its run at the Noel Coward theatre on 14 June 2014, as previously scheduled.
Starring Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen, Jonathan Kent’s production scooped great reviews at Hampstead leading to the West End transfer of the play.
The cast includes Imelda Staunton (Margaret) and Lloyd Owen (Mike), the full cast of Good People at the Noёl Coward Theatre includes Lorraine Ashbourne (Jean), Matthew Barker (Stevie), Susan Brown (Dottie) and Angel Coulby (Kate).
Following Good People, Imelda Staunton then goes on to begin rehearsals for Gypsy, playing at the Chichester Festival Theatre from 6 October.
Next up at the Noel Coward Theatre is Sonia Friedman and Disney produced play Shakespeare in Love, based on the Oscar-winning movie, which kicks off on 2 July.
April 4, 2014
Imelda Staunton stars in Good People at the Noel Coward Theatre
Imelda Staunton is returning to the West End this spring in the critically acclaimed Hampstead Theatre production of Good People.
The play transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited season.
Imelda Staunton’s extensive stage credits include starring as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre and in Chichester, A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre, National Theatre productions including Guys and Dolls and A Chorus of Disapproval, The Wizard of Oz for the RSC and Into the Woods at the Phoenix Theatre.
Her work in TV and film includes The Singing Detective, Cranford, Vera Drake and the Harry Potter series of movies.