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Reviews: Gypsy at the Savoy theatre

April 17, 2015 

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A reviews round-up for Gypsy at the Savoy theatre.

Following a wildly successful season at the Chichester Festival Theatre, GYPSY’s much-deserved West End transfer opened at the Savoy theatre last night and it didn’t disappoint.  Imelda Staunton wowed the audience and critics with a career defining performance with Michael Billington of the Guardian calling it the greatest performance in musical theatre he’s ever seen.

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.

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.

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…

Stars come out for Gypsy first night at the Savoy Theatre

April 16, 2015 

Angela Lansbury lead a cast of who’s-who in support of Imelda Staunton and the cast of Gypsy at the opening night.

Gypsy opened last night at the Savoy Theatre supported by an all star audience including Dame Angela Lansbury, Elaine Paige, Jim Broadbent,Lenny Henry, Patricia Hodge, Nick Hynter, Jonathan Bailey, Don Black, John Bowe, Jim Carter, Adam Garcia, Alex Gaumond, Susan Hampshire, Nigel Havers, Raza Jaffrey, Lesley Joseph, Preeya Kalidas, James McArdle, Jane McDonald, Georgia Moffett, Lesley Nicol, Paul O’Grady, Arlene Phillips, Craig Revel Horwood, Linda Robson, Wayne Sleep and Kevin Whately.

Reviews are coming in and it seems that Imelda and the cast have pulled off another cracking performance!

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Photos: Imelda Staunton and the cast of Gypsy at the Savoy theatre

April 13, 2015 

First look at production photos of Imelda Staunton and the cast of Gypsy now playing at the Savoy theatre

Considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time Gypsy, now starring Imelda Staunton at the Savoy theatre is continuing to make waves.

Staunton puts in a triumphant, career-defining performance as legendary stage mother from hell Mama Rose, as Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production transfers to the West End.  Joining Imelda Staunton are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie.

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

 

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Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre starring Imelda Staunton

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.

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 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.

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

Gypsy: Cast Update

January 22, 2015 

Lara Pulver and Peter Davison to join Imelda Staunton in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre.

Joining Imelda Staunton in the West End transfer of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre will be Lara Pulver, who reprises the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie. Further casting to be announced soon.

Lara Pulver

Lara Pulver  makes her West End debut reprising the role of Louise from the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy. Her other theatre credits include Uncle Vanya for Chichester Festival Theatre, 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 recent film credits include The Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

Peter Davison joins the Company to play Herbie. His theatre credits include Legally Blonde The Musical & Spamalot in the West End, Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, The Vertical Hour at the Park Theatre, An Absolute Turkey at the Globe Theatre, The Last Yankee at the Young Vic & Duke of York Theatre’s, and Arsenic and Old Lace for Chichester Festival Theatre.

Peter Davison

Davison’s extensive television credits include the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, Unforgiven, Midsomer Murders, Miranda, The Queen, Death in Paradise, Cabbage and Pat, Toast of London, All Creatures Great and Small, The Last Detective, 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.

Jonathan Kent’s five star Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy will be the first production of Gypsy in the West End for 40 years. It will run a strictly limited season from 28 March at the Savoy Theatre.

 

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IMELDA STAUNTON in Gypsy

December 18, 2014 

Imelda Staunton stars in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre

IMELDA STAUNTON in GYPSY

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.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to close at Savoy Theatre

December 8, 2014 

Hit musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is to close at the Savoy Theatre in London.

Alex Gaumond and Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Alex Gaumond and Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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. 

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Imelda Staunton in Gypsy heading to the West End’s Savoy Theatre?

November 21, 2014 

Is Imelda Staunton heading back into the West End in the Chichester transfer of Gypsy?

Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. Photo: Roy Tan

Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. Photo: Roy Tan

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

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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.

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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

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