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Sunday, 11 March 2018

10 Most Iconic Mothers in Musical Theatre | Mothers Day Special

Mamma Rose in Gypsy 

Donna in Mamma Mia 

Diana in Next to Normal 


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

GYPSY at the Chichester Theatre has announced the full cast

The full cast has now been announced for Gypsy at the Chichester theatre. It's as follows: Dan Burton will play Tulsa,  Jimmy Chisholm/Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick/Mr Goldstone, Harry Dickman/Pop, Anita Louise Combe/Tessie, Roger Dipper/L.A./Farmboy, Louise Gold/Mazeppa, Clare Halse/Majorie May/Toreadorable, Tom Hodgkins/Weber / Boucheron, Kieran Jae/Angie/Farmboy, Julie Legrand/Electra / Miss Cratchitt, Danielle Morris/Geraldine / Toleadorable, Jane McMurtrie/Jaynie, Jack North/Little Rock / Farmboy, Damien Poole/Yonkers / Farmboy, Gemma Sutton/June, Natalie Woods/Agnes / Toreadorable and Lauren Varnham/Waitress / Delores / Toreadorable.

 Gypsy is now confirmed for Chichester season starring Imelda Staunton /Mama Rose with  Kevin Whately/Herbie and Lara Pulver as Louise. It is directed by Jonathan Kent with choreography by Stephen Mear. 

Imelda Staunton returns to Chichester to play the legendary Mama Rose withJonathan Kent directing her again (last time was Mrs Lovett with Michael Ball inSweeney Todd  in 2011).  


Monday, 27 May 2013

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt | Interview

Victoria trained at Central School of Ballet and Urdang Academy of Performing Arts, when she graduated she was cast in the UK Tour of Oh What a Night! In the role of Cat and then moving with the production to Germany. Her other credits include Stephanie Mungano in Saturday Night Fever (UK tour), Connie in the Saturday Night Fever (Scandinavian tour), Carmen Diaz in Fame (Aldwych), Anita in West Side Story (international tour) Maria and understudy Susan in Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello), Alex in Flashdance (UK Tour and West End), Rizzo in Grease (West End), Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy (Leicester Curve) and has appeared in Bohemian Rhapsody (international tour). She is currently playing Diana in the London Revival of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions…

Your family has a musical background, how influential was that for you growing up?
Very much so in the sense I was always being entertained by my uncles who always made a racket with pots and pans and anything else they could find around the house! They are both musicians who played in bands The Clash for a brief time before the band got super famous and other bands that would play the north west London scene of Kensal rise and Camden. They are a talented drummer and bass player and pots and pans terrorists! My dad sang the soho night life were he did his Billy Fury and Elvis numbers! 


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A Midsummer Nights Dream: Theatre Review

Linking a classic Shakespeare play to the Traveller culture which most people know about from the hit TV show 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' sounds like a bizarre and almost ridiculous idea. But it works. For the 2012 season at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre they are doing two shows in repetition, Ragtime and A Midsummer Night's Dream and I had the pleasure of attending a preview for A Midsummer Night's Dream. This theatre seems like the perfect place to put on this play, and of course it is. You're outside in one of London's most beautiful parks, add a few coloured lights to it and it would be the most enchanting setting for this play. Not in this production, obviously they have the beauty aspects that they use to full advantage (how could you not?!) but add in two caravans, a crane and a load of gypsies then you've got this adaptation of one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays. The Open Air Theatre is currently in their 80thSeason and continues to amaze audiences with their productions. Their most recent and most famous ones include the Olivier Award Winning productions Crazy For You, Into The Woods and Hello, Dolly! Their decision to do yet another production of A Midsummer Night's Dream may not come as a surprise but when you see what they've done with the piece, you'll never forget it.
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