Is Imelda Staunton Gypsy London-Bound?

News   Is Imelda Staunton Gypsy London-Bound?
According to the Daily Mail, negotiations are underway to bring the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton as Rose, to London's West End next year.

Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton

The classic 1959 Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents musical began its Chichester run Oct. 6 and will conclude there Nov. 8. The production also features Lara Pulver as Louise and Kevin Whateley as Herbie.

Staunton has been heralded for her musical performances as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. The Daily Mail called her performance as Rose "the rare kind that people will talk about for years."

Also in featured roles are Gemma Sutton as June, Dan Burton as Tulsa, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie, Louise Gold as Mazeppa and Julie Legrand as Electra/Miss Cratchitt.

The company also includes Jimmy Chisholm (Uncle Jocko), Jack Chissick (Mr Goldstone), Harry Dickman (Pop), Roger Dipper (L.A./Farmboy), Clare Halse (Majorie May/Toreadorable), Tom Hodgins (Weber/Boucheron), Kieran Jae (Angie/Farmboy), Danielle Morris (Geraldine/Toleadorable), Jane McMurtie (Jaynie), Jack North (Little Rock/Farmboy), Damian Poole (Yonkers/Farmboy), Natalie Woods (Agnes/Toreadorable) and Lauren Varnham (Waitress/Delores/Toreodorable).

The production is directed by Jonathan Kent, with choreography by Stephen Mear. It is designed by Anthony Ward, with musical direction by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Paul Groothuis and casting by Pippa Ailion.

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