Lara Pulver and Peter Davison in Gypsy at the Savoy
Further casting has been announced for the eagerly anticipated Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy which will open at London's Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015, following previews from 28 March 2015 starring Imelda Staunton as Rose.
Lara Pulver will reprise her performance in the title role of Gypsy Rose Louise, alongside Peter Davison who will join the cast as Rose's love interest Herbie, replacing Kevin Whately from the original Chichester company.
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.
Lara Pulver is making her West End debut as Louise. She previously appeared at Chichester Festival Theatre in 'Uncle Vanya'. Her other theatre credits include 'Parade' for the Donmar Warehouse, 'Honk!' for the National Theatre, 'The Last Five Years' for the Menier Chocolate Factory, 'Into the Woods' at the Royal Opera House and 'High Society' at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
Peter Davison was last on stage in the West End as Professor Callaghan in 'Legally Blonde The Musical' at the Savoy Theatre as well as playing and King Arthur in 'Spamalot'. He became a household name when he played the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in 'Doctor Who' between 1981 and 1984 for BBC.