Five star reviews for Imelda Staunton in Gypsy

Five star reviews for Imelda Staunton in Gypsy

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    On its opening night at London's Savoy Theatre, Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, has earned five star reviews across the board from The Times, The Arts Desk, The Telegraph and The Guardian.

    With five stars Dominic Maxwell of The Times declared: “If you like musical theatre, I urge you to see this stunning revival of one of the greatest Broadway musicals. If you don’t like musical theatre, see it anyway: Imelda Staunton's staggeringly good performance as the ultimate showbiz parent, Momma Rose, could be the best chance of an epiphany you’ll ever get in a theatre.”

    The Arts Desk’s David Nice called this production of Gypsy, which transferred from the Chichester Festival Theatre, “a near-perfect musical… solid gold... what a privilege.”

    Nice also reserved praise for the supporting cast; “Every actor plays his or her role to perfection, from the astoundingly talented squeak in pink that is Scarlet Roche – I'd give this Baby June a contract on the spot – to the three strippers in the showstopping “You Gotta Get a Gimmick”. Reliable musical star Louise Gold fills the stage as Miss Mazeppa… but there's also a pitch-perfect performance from Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, while Julie Legrand's wig and gear as Electra(fying) would do a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race proud… [and] there can’t be a better pit orchestra than his in the West End at the moment.”

    The Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish described Gypsy as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… Go.” Imelda Staunton gives “one of the performances of her career… unmissable… she blazes from start to finish.”

    Michael Billington of The Guardian said, Imelda Staunton “gives ‘one of the greatest performances I've ever seen in a musical.” Since transferring from Chichester, “Peter Davison has now taken over the role of Herbie, and invests the character with a warmth that was missing before. Lara Pulver charts Louise's growth from shy wallflower to coldly calculating stripper with great skill and there is assured support from Scarlet Roche, Louise Gold, Julie Legrand and Anita Louise Combe.”

    Playing now at London's Savoy Theatre, book your Gypsy tickets today!