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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

TICKET OFFER: Save up to 46% on Good People starring Imelda Staunton

May 12, 2014 

Save up to 46% on tickets to see Good People starring Imelda Staunton at the Noel Coward Theatre

Imelda Staunton in Good People

Imelda Staunton in Good People

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.

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GOOD PEOPLE Starring Imelda Staunton ends run at Noel Coward Theatre on 14 June

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.

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IMELDA STAUNTON in Good People

April 4, 2014 

Imelda Staunton stars in Good People at the Noel Coward Theatre

IMELDA STAUNTON in Good PeopleImelda 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.

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Good People starring Imelda Staunton at the Noel Coward Theatre

March 21, 2014 

Hampstead Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Good People, starring Imedla Staunton.

Following a hugely successful run at Hampstead Theatre, GOOD PEOPLE transfers into the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited run.

Starring Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen, Good People is a sharp, acerbic and funny play that traces the path of a woman’s life when a chance encounter with an old flame presents an opportunity to improve the quality of her life – but ends in comedy disaster!

Directed by Jonathan Kent and written by Pultizer prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People won the New York Drama Desk Critic’s Circle Award for Best Play of the year.

Good People is designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis.

THE STORY

If you were born in South Boston you’ve started life on the wrong side of the tracks, so just making ends meet will need all the energy you can muster. Imelda Staunton plays sharp-tongued single mother Margie, who will do anything it takes to pay the bills after losing yet another job. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him – old loyalties should be good for something….

THE CAST

The cast of Good People includes Imelda Staunton as Margaret, Lloyd Owen as Mike, Lorraine Ashbourne as Jean, Matthew Barker as Stevie, Angel Coulby as Kate and June Watson as Dottie.

Imelda Staunton: Multi award winner Imelda Staunton was most recently on stage in Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court), Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival) for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, A Delicate Balance (Almeida Theatre) and Entertaining Mr Sloane (Trafalgar Studios). Film includes Pride, Maleficent, The Awakening, Another Year, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and Vera Drake. TV includes The Girl for which she was nominated for Emmy and Bafta Awards, Psychoville and Cranford Chronicles.

Lloyd Owen: Lloyd Owen appeared at Hampstead Theatre in Loyalty in 2011. Other stage roles include The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Stuff Happens (National Theatre Live: 50 Years On Stage) (National Theatre), and Blood And Gifts (National Theatre). TV includes The Innocence Project, Inseparable and Viva Laughlin (UK and US series). Film includes Apollo 18 and Miss Potter.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “Imelda Staunton is on sensational form in this smart play” Evening Standard
★★★★★ “Jonathan Kent’s assured and stylish production gives Staunton and Owen a chance to shine, but the supporting characters are on strong form, too” Sunday Telegraph
★★★★ Times, ★★★★ Telegraph, ★★★★ Guardian, ★★★★ FT, ★★★★ Independent, ★★★★ Daily Mail

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.

Photos: Olivier Awards 2013 – Awards night and winners

April 29, 2013 

Photos from the 2013 Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London.

Helen Mirren, best actress winner at the 2013 Olivier Awards

Helen Mirren, best actress winner at the 2013 Olivier Awards

See photos from this year’s Olivier Awards including:

  • Luke Treadaway from The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
  • Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton from Sweeney Todd
  • The cast of Top Hat
  • Helen Mirren from The Audience
  • The cast of Billy Elliot The Musical
  • The cast of A Chorus Line
  • Will Young from Cabaret
  • Special Award winners, playwright Michael Frayn and choreographer Gillian Lynne
  • Glee stars Matthew Morrison and Idina Menzel
  • Hosts Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville
  • Presenters Damian Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Crawford and Kim Cattrall
  • Performer Petula Clarke
  • Heather Headley from The Bodyguard

Viewing this on a tablet or mobile? Click here to see photos

LINKS

View all winners of the Olivier Awards 2013

 

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