Rumor: “Gypsy”, starring Imelda Staunton, to transfer to West End
Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge) is currently appearing in a sold out revival of the musical Gypsy, in the Chichester Festival Theater, UK. The run is due to end on November 8, but a rumor has now emerged that the production is currently in negotiation for a move to London’s West End. Staunton is no stranger to the West End – in 2012, she appeared in a production of Sweeney Todd and won an Olivier Award for her performance.
Staunton plays Mama Rose in the musical. Here’s some more about the musical itself:
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 More dubiously, vaudeville has been replaced by the riskier attractions of burlesque, and audiences are now expecting to see much more of their stars than ever before.
Find out more about the show here.
Are you seeing Gypsy with Staunton? Would you see it if it transferred to the West End? Let us know!