Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Gypsy, which will transfer to London’s Savoy Theatre on 15 April, has won the Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2014.
The awards were hosted today (27 January 2015) by Critics’ Circle chairman Mark Shenton at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Comedian Arthur Smith introduced proceedings.
Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy (book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) stars Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Momma Rose in the first production of the musical to be seen in London for 40 years. The strictly limited London season opens at the Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015 with previews from 28 March.
The musical 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.
Joining Staunton in the London cast are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the company to play Herbie.
Since the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards’ inception in 1989 the theatre critics, consisting entirely of respected and influential working journalists, have prided themselves on offering something unique on the packed theatre awards circuit: each member of the Drama Section independently casts their vote based on personal choice, free of any discussion or industry influence, ensuring a highly democratic voting process.
The awards were presented in association with Nyman Libson Paul Chartered Accountants, leading entertainment industry specialists; and supported by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.
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