Imelda Staunton is back where she belongs in Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre in 2020. This brand new production re-unites Imelda with Director Dominic Cooke following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre. Meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried ‘half-a-millionaire’ Horace Vandergelder, but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself.
Imelda Staunton On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets
Born in London in 1956, Imelda Staunton trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she trained alongside Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall and graduated in 1976.
She started her London theatre career at the National Theatre in The Beggar’s Opera, receiving an Olivier Award for best actress in a musical. She then appeared in the National Theatre’s production of Guys and Dolls in the same year, later reprising the role in 1995, alongside Sharon D. Clarke, where she was also nominated for the Olivier Award.
She won her first Laurence Olivier Award in 1985 for her performances in The Corn is Green and A Chorus of Disapproval, later starring as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Into the Woods as the Baker's Wife, earning her an Olivier for best actress in a musical.
Away from the West End, Staunton has starred on the silver screen, notably winning a BAFTA award for best actress in a leading role in Vera Drake and starring as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter film series.
In recent years, Staunton has become a tour-de-force of musical theatre and is the current record-holder for the most Olivier Awards in a best actress in a musical category, winning Olivier Awards for her performances as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre and Mama Rose in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre.
In 2017, Staunton starred in two revivals, playing Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre and Sally Plummer in the National Theatre's revival of Follies. For Follies, Staunton received her eighth best actress in a musical nomination.
In 2020, Staunton will return to the Adelphi Theatre to star in Hello, Dolly! as the famous matchmaker Dolly Levi for a 30-week engagement. Hello, Dolly! tickets are now on sale.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|Follies||Sally Durrant||National Theatre||2017||Review|
|Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||Martha||Harold Pinter||2017||Review|
|Good People||Margaret||Noel Coward||2014|
|Sweeney Todd||Nellie Lovett||Adelphi||2012||Review|
|A Delicate Balance||Claire||Almeida||2011||Review|
|Entertaining Mr. Sloane||Trafalgar Studios One||2009||Review|
|There Came A Gypsy Riding||Margaret||Almeida||2007||Review|
|Calico||Nora Barnacle||Duke of York's||2004||Review|
|Life x 3||Ines||Old Vic||2001||Review|
|Habeas Corpus||Mrs Swabb||Donmar Warehouse||1996||Review|
|Guys and Dolls||Miss Adelaide||Olivier||1996||Review|
|Into The Woods||Baker's Wife||Phoenix||1990|