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Gypsy transfers to London's Savoy Theatre
Featuring music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, this classic Broadway musical has not been seen in London's West End for 40 years.
The production opened to rave reviews in October 2014 and rumours of a West End transfer have been circulating for weeks: "Imelda Staunton delivers a knock-out performance" (The Independent); "The most exciting thing I have seen on a stage" (The Times); " a dazzling revival" (Mail on Sunday).
"Based on the true life memoirs of legendary burlesque entertainer, Gypsy Rose Lee, it tells the tale of Momma Rose and her two daughters, Baby June and Louise, trekking across America in their family vaudeville act. But times are changing, audiences are expecting more, and the two girls have their own ambitions in mind. The rise of burlesque is upon them, and nothing will ever be the same again for Momma Rose."
Directed by Jonathan Kent, the production features choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Anthony Ward, and musical direction by Nicholas Skilbeck. Lighting design is by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis.
Gypsy is produced in the West End by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
Full casting and creative team will be announced at a later point.
Imelda Staunton was last seen in the West End earlier this year in David Lindsay-Abaire's play 'Good People' which transferred from the Hampstead Theatre. In 2012 she starred alongside Michael Ball in Jonathan Kent's revival of 'Sweeney Todd' in the role of Mrs. Lovett that saw her win her third Olivier Award. Her previous musical credits include the original London production of 'Into the Woods', The National Theatre's iconic production of 'Guys and Dolls' and the RSC's 'The Wizard of Oz'.
Tickets for Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre go on sale at 10am on Thursday 18 December, 2014.