Chichester's GYPSY, Starring Imelda Staunton, to Begin March 30 at the Savoy

Confirming earlier reports that Chichester Festival Theatre's GYPSY, starring Imelda Staunton as 'Mama Rose', would debut in the West End this spring, the Daily Mail writes that the musical will officially bow on March 30 and run through November 28, 2015 at the Savoy Theatre. This will be the first time GYPSY has appeared in London in 40 years.

Staunton recently returned to Chichester to play the legendary 'Mama Rose' in Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's GYPSY. She teamed up again with Jonathan Kent, who directed her in another classic Sondheim role, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (2011), a performance earning her the 2013 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Lara Pulver returned to Chichester to play Louise following her performance in Uncle Vanya (2012). Kevin Whately, familiar to many as Lewis (ITV), made his Chichester debut as Herbie. Pulver and Whately will transfer with the production given their schedules align with its West End dates.

Rose Hovick has big plans for her two little daughters. Baby June is the innocent star of her show, and across the shabby stages of far-flung American towns Mama Rose plans to keep her that way. But year on year times are changing, June is growing up, and the lights are going down on the cheery family acts of vaudeville. When teenaged June dramatically quits the show, desperate Rose turns her fierce attention to her other, shyer daughter, Louise. But Louise has spent a lifetime in her sister's shadow and doesn't match her mother's ambition, or fit into the tired old routine. More dubiously, vaudeville has been replaced by the riskier attractions of burlesque, and audiences are now expecting to see much more of their stars than ever before.

Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy is considered by many to be the greatest of the Broadway musicals. Featuring classics such as "Let Me Entertain You," "Rose's Turn" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses," Gypsy is both moving and spectacularly entertaining.

Photo Credit: Johan Persson

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