Imelda Staunton Gypsy Taps Savoy Theatre for West End Revival

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A deal is expected to be finalized in the next several days to bring the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton as Rose, to the West End's Savoy Theatre, according to the Daily Mail.

Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton

Producers David Ian and Michael Harrison have been in negotiations with the Ambassador Theatre Group to stage the first London revival of Gypsy in four decades. The last West End production was the celebrated 1974 revival starring Angela Lansbury.

It is expected that the Staunton revival will begin performances at the Savoy around March 30, 2015.

The classic 1959 Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents musical began its Chichester run Oct. 6 and ended its sold-out run there Nov. 8. The production also featured 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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