Imelda Staunton leads West End transfer of Chichester’s Gypsy

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Imelda Staunton (centre) will star in the West End transfer of Chichester’s production of Gypsy. Picture: Roy Tan

Imelda Staunton will star as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s sell-out Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy, the first to be seen in London for 40 years. This strictly limited season opens at the Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015 with previews from 28 March 2015. Further casting for Gypsy, which goes on sale today (18 December 2014), will be announced shortly.

Gypsy, a musical fable with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, has choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Anthony Ward, musical direction and orchestration by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis. Gypsy is produced in the West End by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

The musical 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 the West End. Kent also directed Staunton in Good People for Hampstead Theatre, which similarly transferred to the West End after a sell-out season in Hampstead.

Readers may also be interested in:

Gypsy – Chichester Festival Theatre – Review

Choreographer Stephen Mear reveals all about Gypsy – Interview – Parts One and Two


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