Rosemary Ashe to star in Gypsy at The Landor Theatre
Theatrica Ltd, in association with The Landor Theatre, is delighted to announce that Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's classic musical, Gypsy, will play for four weeks as part of the theatre's Autumn season, with iconic musical theatre actress Rosemary Ashe as the formidable Rose.
She will join the long line-up of great actresses, including Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters to play one of musical theatre's most famous mothers.
Rosemary Ashe commented, "I'm so excited about playing Momma Rose! Three years ago I had two roles on my wish list that I was desperate to play: Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd & Momma Rose. Well, I played Mrs L at the Gothenburg Opera House, so that one got ticked off! Now to be playing Momma Rose in a small venue is just as challenging, I can't wait! Gypsy has been a favourite musical of mine since I can remember. I've always been a huge fan of Ethel Merman too and of course the show was a fantastic vehicle for her, created by her! I think the space at The Landor is terrific and its intimacy will serve the show really well. I've only done cabaret there so far, but thoroughly enjoyed myself".
Gypsy will be directed by Andrew Keates, with a cast of twenty-two, plus a band of five and the most incredible story and music; The Landor's Gypsy promises to be one of the most exciting musical theatre productions of 2011.
Gypsy - A Musical Fable
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Suggested by memories of Gypsy Rose Lee
Originally produced by David Merrick and Leland Hayward
Entire production originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Rose: Rosemary Ashe
Full cast list to be announced soon.
Directed by Andrew Keates (Bent, Just So)
Musical Director and New Orchestrations by: Nial Bailey (With a Song in My Heart, Four Unlikely Lovers)
Choreographer: Sam Spencer Lane (They're Playing Our Song, Take Flight!)
Designer: Freya Groves (Bent, Knickerbocker Glories)
Sound Designer: Sarah Weltman (Conjugal Rites, The Damnation of Faust, Swallows and Amazons, ENO)
Associate Choreographer/Assistant to the Director: Steven Butler (Naked Boys Singing, Peter Pan, Bent)
Public Relations: The Landor Theatre Ltd
Produced by: Theatrica Ltd
Tuesday 2nd August - Saturday 27th August 2011
Tuesday - Sunday (Evening Performances 7.30pm / Friday Evening Performances at 7pm)
Saturday & Sunday Matinees (3pm)
Tickets £18 (Concessions £16)
The Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Road, Clapham North, SW9 9PH
Box Office: 020 7737 7276 Online Bookings: www.landortheatre.co.uk