Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury
Jonathon Kent’s critically acclaimed production of Gypsy today announced an extension of its run at the Savoy Theatre. It is now booking until 28 November 2015.
Kent’s production, starring Imelda Staunton as Momma Rose, originally opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre in October 2014 to critical acclaim. Last week it opened in the West End to a second set of five star reviews.
Gypsy is considered by many to be the greatest of the Broadway musicals. It tells the true story of ambitious showbiz mother Rose, who treks across America with her daughters in search of success with their homespun vaudeville act. As times change, Rose is forced to accept the demise of vaudeville and the rise of burlesque, as well as her daughters’ quest for autonomy.
Starring Imeda Staunton as Rose, the cast also comprises of Laura Pulver and Gemma Sutton who reprise their roles of Louise and June. Since its transfer, Peter Davison also joins the West End cast as Herbie. The company also features Dan Burton as Tulsa, Jack Chissick as Mr Goldstone, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Harry Dickman as Pop, Roger Dipper as L.A., Louise Gold as Mazeppa, Lauren Hall as Delores, Clare Halse as Marjorie May, Billy Hartman as Uncle Jocko/Cigar, Tom Hodgkins as Mr Weber/Boucheron, Kieran Jae as Yonkers, Julie Legrand as Miss Cratchitt/Electra, Danielle Morris as Geraldine, Damien Poole as Georgie/Kansas (Dance Captain), Lucinda Shaw as Mother/Stripper/Showgirl, Luke Street as Little Rock and Natalie Woods as Agnes. Swings for this production are Philip Catchpole, Liz Ewing, Lauren Ingram and Tom Murphy.
With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, choreography by Stephen Mear and designs by Anthony Ward, the show’s lyrics are written by Stephen Sondheim -based upon suggestions found in the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee. It has musical direction and orchestration by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis.
Now produced in the West End by Michael Harrison and David Ian, this is the first production of Gypsy to be seen in London for forty years.