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.
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.
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 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.
★★★★★ “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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
February 14, 2014
Chichester Festival Theatre has confirmed that Imelda Staunton will star as Rose in their new production of Gypsy.
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.
April 29, 2013
Photos from the 2013 Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London.
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
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April 28, 2013
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time scoops 7 awards at this year’s Olivier Awards.
At a glamorous event at the Royal Opera House in London, the Society of London Theatre’s annual Olivier Awards were held this evening, Sunday 28 April 2013, hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
The show of the night was undoubtedly the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, which is now playing at the Apollo Theatre in London. The show, based on Mark Haddon’s acclaimed novel, won 7 awards including best new play, best director for Marianne Elliot, best actor for Luke Treadaway and best supporting actress for Nicola Walker. The show equaled that of last year’s big winner, Matilda the Musical.
The leading musicals of the night were Chichester Festival Theatre’s Sweeney Todd and Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre, which both won 3 awards. Sweeney Todd won best musical revival, best actor in a musical for Michael Ball and best actress in a musical for Imelda Staunton, and Top Hat scooped best new musical, best theatre choreographer for Bill Deamer and best costume design for Jon Morrell.
Helen Mirren won a best actress award for her role as The Queen in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, alongside her co-star Richard McCabe, who won best supporting actor.
Billy Elliot The Musical won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, voted for by members of the theatregoing public. Other awards included Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre to the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court for its Season of New Writing, Best Revival for A Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Apollo Theatre, Best Entertainment and Family for Goodnight Mr Tom at the Phoenix Theatre and Leigh Zimmerman won Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium.
Playwright Michael Frayn and dancer and choreographer Gillian Lynne were presented with Special Awards at the event. Roger Allam gave Michael Frayn his award, and David Suchet and Michael Crawford presented Gillian Lynne with her Special Award.
Live musical performers included Matthew Morrison, Idina Menzel, Michael Ball, Tim Minchin, Sheridan Smith and Petula Clark, with the casts of Cabaret, A Chorus Line, The Bodyguard and Top Hat included in the night.
February 18, 2013
At a ceremony last night, 17 February 2013, at the Palace Theatre in London a host of West End stars gathered for the annual awards, voted for by members of the theatregoing public.
Hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Rufus Hound, over 60,000 people voted for this year’s awards.
Big winners included Chichester’s West End transfer of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton both taking home awards for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical. The show also picked up gongs for Best Musical Revival, Best Director for Jonathan Kent and Best Lighting Designer for Mark Henderson.
Other musicals to take home prizes last night included The Bodyguard, which against stiff competition scooped the Best New Musical award. The arena tour production of Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar saw Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical awards go to Tim Minchin and Melanie C respectively.
And hot on the heels of the new film version of Les Miserables, Cameron Mackintosh’s original London production at the Queen’s Theatre won Best West End Show and Best Takeover for Ramin Karimloo for his performance as Jean Valjean.
In other musical awards, pop star Will Young received the London Newcomer of the Year award for his West End debut performance as the Emcee in Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre. Broadway star Idina Menzel, the original Elphaba in Wicked, scooped Best Solo Performance for her West End concert last year, Boy George musical Taboo at Brixton Club House won Best Off-West End Production, and Green Day’s Broadway musical American Idiot took Best Regional Production for its autumn tour.
In drama, Sheridan Smith continued her awards run as she took Best Actress in a Play for Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic. Best Supporting Actress in a Play went to Natalie Casey, currently starring in the National tour of 9 to 5 The Musical, for her performance in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, which also won Best Play Revival.
Best Actor in a Play went to Rupert Everett for his current theatrical performance as Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Shakespeare’s Globe’s Richard III and Twelfth Night double-bill earned earned three awards: Best Ensemble Performance for the company, Best Shakespearean Production for Twelfth Night and Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Stephen Fry as Malvolio in Twelfth Night.
The National Theatre’s stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was named Best New Play ahead of its transfer to the Apollo Theatre in the West End, and Graham Linehan’s stage version of the Ealing comedy The Ladykillers won Best New Comedy.
In other awards, Danny Boyle’s Olympics Opening Ceremony was rewarded with the Theatre Event of the Year gong. And the late Marvin Hamlisch was honoured in the Best Original Music category for his score for Sweet Smell of Success, which received its UK premiere in October at London’s Arcola Theatre. Hamlisch’s musical A Chorus Line is now running at the London Palladium.
Highlights of the Whatsonstage Awards 2013