Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie. Final casting for the Chichester Festival Theatre production will be announced shortly.
A musical fable with book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Anthony Ward, musical direction and orchestration by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis.
The first production to be seen in London for 40 years in a strictly limited season, Gypsy opens at the Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015, with previews from 28 March, and is produced in the West End by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
Gypsy reunites actor Imelda Staunton and director Jonathan Kent who previously collaborated on the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Sweeney Todd, which, after a sell-out run there, transferred to London. Kent also directed Staunton in Good People for Hampstead Theatre, which similarly transferred to the West End after a successful season in Hampstead.
Lara Pulver is making her West End debut as Louise. She previously appeared at Chichester Festival Theatre in Uncle Vanya. Her other theatre credits include Parade for the Donmar Warehouse, Honk! for the National Theatre, The Last Five Years for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Into the Woods at the Royal Opera House, High Society at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Grease at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Her television credits include Skins, Da Vinci Demons, Fleming, Sherlock, Robin Hood, True Blood and Spooks.
Peter Davison joins the company to play Herbie. He was last on stage in the West End as Professor Callaghan in Legally Blonde the Musical and King Arthur in Spamalot. Davison became a household name when he played the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who between 1981 and 1984. His extensive television credits include Tristan Farnon in the long running BBC series All Creatures Great and Small and DC Davies in four series of ITV’s acclaimed The Last Detective. His other stage credits include The Vertical Hour at the Park Theatre, Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, An Absolute Turkey at the Globe Theatre and Arsenic and Old Lace for Chichester Festival Theatre.
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