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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.

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.

Sweeney Todd – Save £27.50 on tickets

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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See two world class performances

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‘.

Don’t miss out on this limited offer – get stuck in to a lip-smacking slice of theatrical pie.

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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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Sweeney Todd – Reviews Round-up

March 25, 2012 

A round-up of reviews for Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre in London starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Roy Tan

Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Roy Tan

The acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which played last year in Chichester to packed houses, has transferred into the West End.

Starring Michael Ball as Sweeney Todd and Imelda Staunton as Mrs Lovett, the show is playing at the Adelphi Theatre, directed by Jonathan Kent and designed by Anthony Ward.

See below for a round-up of reviews, including The Guardian, Telegraph, Evening Standard and Variety.

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Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

November 18, 2011 

Following a sell-out run in Chichester, Jonathan Kent’s critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd transfers to London’s Adelphi Theatre for a limited season starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

Sweeney Todd starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton to play West End in March

November 4, 2011 

The acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which has been playing in Chichester to packed houses, will transfer into the West End in March 2012.

Starring Michael Ball as Sweeney Todd and Imelda Staunton as Mrs Lovett, the show will play at the Adelphi Theatre from 10 March 2012.

The show is directed by Jonathan Kent and designed by Anthony Ward.

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STAGE SPY CHECK-LIST

    • Show: Sweeney Todd
    • Author: Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler
    • Theatre: Adelphi Theatre
    • Director: Jonathan Kent
    • Stars: Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton
    • Opens: 10 March 2012
    • Original production: Chichester Festival Theatre, 24 September 2011
Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Roy Tan

Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball in Sweeney Todd. Photo: Roy Tan

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