Gypsy, Starring Imelda Staunton as Rose, Opens in London Tonight

News   Gypsy, Starring Imelda Staunton as Rose, Opens in London Tonight
 
Chichester Festival Theatre's revival of the musical Gypsy transfers to the West End's Savoy Theatre, opening officially April 15 (following previews that began March 28). It is currently booking through July 18.

Imelda Staunton in <i>Gypsy</i>
Imelda Staunton in Gypsy Photo by Johan Persson

Imelda Staunton reprises her performance as Madame Rose, newly joined by Peter Davison as Herbie. Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton reprise the roles of Louise and June, respectively.

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. 

Directed by Jonathan Kent, this transfer marks the first time the show has been seen in London for over 40 years, since Angela Lansbury starred in the show's first West End production in 1973 at the Piccadilly Theatre, before subsequently reprising it on Broadway.

Gypsy reunites Staunton and Kent, who previously collaborated on the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Sweeney Todd, which, after a sell-out run there, transferred to the West End's Adelphi Theatre. They also worked together on Good People at Hampstead Theatre, subsequently transferring to the West End's Noel Coward.

Staunton's extensive other theatre credits include Guys and Dolls, A Chorus of Disapproval and Life x 3 (all for the National Theatre), A Delicate Balance and There Came a Gypsy Riding (Almeida Theatre) and They Shoot Horses Don’t They? and The Wizard of Oz (both for the Royal Shakespeare Company). West End credits include Uncle Vanya, Into the Woods, Calico and Entertaining Mr. Sloane; other London credits include Habeas Corpus (Donmar Warehouse) and Circle Mirror Transformation (for the Royal Court). Film credits include an Oscar-nominated performance in the title role of Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake" and starring appearances in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Shakespeare in Love," "Peter's Friends" and, most recently, "Pride." To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7674 or visit gypsythemusical.uk.

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