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Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre starring Imelda Staunton

November 21, 2014 

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 transfered to the West End’s Savoy Theatre, from 30 March to 28 November 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 acclaimed, award-winning 2013 production of Sweeney Todd.

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.

Further casting to 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

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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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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

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

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.

Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre starring Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens

February 5, 2013 

Noel Coward’s glamorous, witty play Private Lives makes a welcome return to the West End with Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed Chichester production starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor as Elyot and Amanda.

Anna Chancellor’s theatre credits include Festival 2011’s South Downs and The Browning Version; The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead Theatre), Creditors (Donmar Warehouse, BAM) and The Observer (National Theatre). Television and film credits include Pram Face, The Hour, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Pride and Prejudice.

Toby Stephens’ theatre credits include Danton’s Death, The Real Thing, A Doll’s House and Coriolanus, and on screen Vexed, Jane Eyre and Die Another Day. More recently he has featured in Classic Chandler for BBC Radio 4.

Jonathan Kent has directed Sweeney Todd and A Month in the Country for Chichester. Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre for twelve years, he has an international career in both theatre and opera.

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Sweeney Todd Ticket Offer: Save £27.50 on tickets

June 4, 2012 

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Starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

A wickedly funny tale of love and revenge, Sweeney Todd has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘a true classic by a true master’.

Jonathan Kent’s thrilling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical features two world class performances from Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton and is not to be missed.

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Michael Ball is Britain’s leading and best-loved musical theatre star. An Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, his transformation into the Demon Barber has been called ‘the performance of his life‘ by the Daily Mail.

Oscar® nominee and BAFTA-winner Imelda Staunton is best known for acclaimed performances as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, Miss Pole in Cranford and the title role in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake. Time Out has hailed her performance as Mrs Lovett as ‘nothing short of astonishing‘.

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April 30, 2012 

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Starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

A wickedly funny tale of love and revenge, Sweeney Todd has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph as ‘a true classic by a true master’.

Jonathan Kent’s thrilling new production of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical features two world class performances from Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton and is not to be missed.

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Michael Ball is Britain’s leading and best-loved musical theatre star. An Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, his transformation into the Demon Barber has been called ‘the performance of his life‘ by the Daily Mail.

Oscar® nominee and BAFTA-winner Imelda Staunton is best known for acclaimed performances as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films, Miss Pole in Cranford and the title role in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake. Time Out has hailed her performance as Mrs Lovett as ‘nothing short of astonishing‘.

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IMELDA STAUNTON in Sweeney Todd

April 29, 2012 

Fast hurtling towards “National Treasure” status, Imelda Staunton is the current Queen of the West End as she plays Mrs Lovett alongside Michael Ball’s Todd in the acclaimed new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

IMELDA STAUNTON in Sweeney ToddStaunton’s star has been in the ascendant for a long time, but a two-year-running stint as host of the Olivier Awards alongside Michael Ball, and a star turn in Sweeney Todd, has positioned the actress as a London Theatre big-hitter.

Starring as Mrs Lovett at the Adelphi Theatre, in Jonathan Kent’s Chichester Theatre production of the show, she has won enormous critical acclaim for her performance.

Imelda’s theatre credits include A Delicate Balance at the Almeida Theatre, much National Theatre work 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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MICHAEL BALL in Sweeney Todd

April 29, 2012 

West End Theatre’s leading man Michael Ball returns home in an acclaimed new production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

MICHAEL BALL in Sweeney Todd
Michael Ball continues to exceed all expectations of what Britain’s leading man of musical  theatre should be about.

In what seems like an impossibly long and successful career he has moved from the hot young star of Les Mis and Aspects of Love, to comic master in shows like Hairspray, to his current manifestation as a mass murderer in Sweeney Todd.

Playing Todd at the Adelphi Theatre, in Jonathan Kent’s Chichester Theatre production of the show, Michael Ball has garnered some of the best reviews of his career so far and found a worthy match in his co-star, and fellow Olivier Awards host, Imelda Staunton.

Ball’s career highlights include playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Hajj/The Poet in Kismet, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, Count Fosco in The Woman in White, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Passion, Aspects of Love, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

Following his turn in Sweeney Todd, and his almost unrivalled power to guarantee a full-house, we expect a whole new chapter of work from Ball in the next few years.

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