Imelda Staunton takes Gypsy to London’s Savoy Theatre

Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. Photos by Johan Persson
Imelda Staunton in Gypsy.

Imelda Staunton will star as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s sensational sell-out Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy, the first to be seen in London for 40 years.

The strictly limited season opens at the Savoy Theatre on April 15 with previews from March 28.

Tickets have gone on sale today.

Gypsy, a musical fable has a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Read our verdict on the Chichester production

Considered by many to be the greatest of the Broadway musicals, the show tells the true story of ambitious showbiz mother Momma Rose, who treks across America with her daughters Baby June and Louise in search of success with their homespun vaudeville act.

As times change, Momma Rose is forced to accept the demise of vaudeville and the rise of burlesque, as well as her daughters’ quest for autonomy.

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 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.

Multi award-winning actor Imelda Staunton’s extensive theatre credits include Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus of Disapproval and Life x 3 for the National Theatre.

Her many film credits include Pride, Maleficent, The Awakening, Another Year, Taking Woodstock, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, Vera Drake, Nanny McPhee, Bright Young Things, Shakespeare in Love, Sense and Sensibility, Peter’s Friends and Twelfth Night.

Her television includes the upcoming That Day We Sang, The Girl, Psychoville, Cranford Chronicles, The Wind in the Willows, My Family and Other Animals, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fingersmith, Cambridge Spies, David Copperfield, The Singing Detective and An Englishman’s Wife.

Gypsy is now booking at the Savoy Theatre until July.

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