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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…

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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January 22, 2015 

Imelda Staunton brings her extraordinary five-star performance in GYPSY to London’s Savoy Theatre.

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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

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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 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.

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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

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.

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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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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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