The show's producers, who had been hinting for weeks that they were exploring the possibility of a filming to occur the first week of October at London's Savoy Theatre, posted a photo of a bank of cameras on Facebook Oct. 6 with the caption: "the next 3 performances are being filmed." Ticketholders for those performances were informed via email this week of seating re-locations in order to accommodate cameras.
Below, Staunton sings her way through three songs from the Jule Styne-Stephen Sondheim score.
A cast album of the production was released April 27. Staunton, who stars as Rose, is joined by Peter Davison as Herbie. Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton play Louise and June, respectively. The production premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
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.