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Write Up Round Up

Press Night has been and gone and the reviews for Gypsy are out and they are just amazing and I'm so pleased as this show deserves every good word there is! Here is a round up of reviews about our lovely show!

★★★★★ 'Imelda Staunton's knock-out, psychologically searching performance as Momma Rose, the showbiz mother from hell, brilliantly puts the “ow” in “wow-factor” and positions the “wow” up there in italics and neon lights. Magnificent.' The Independent

★★★★★ 'Everything’s coming up roses for Chichester Festival Theatre. A revival of burlesque brilliance. Jonathan Kent’s exemplary revival of Gypsy is nothing less than a triumph for Imelda Staunton.' Daily Telegraph

★★★★★ 'Is there a better Broadway musical than Gypsy? After seeing Imelda Staunton’s masterclass in fiery self delusion in this sumptuous revival, I am convinced that there is not. This is simply scintillating theatre.''Staunton’s strength of determination makes this quite possibly the most exciting thing I have seen on a stage. A truly great performance in a truly great show.' The Times

★★★★★ 'Everything about Kent’s production slots perfectly into place. Anthony Ward’s design uses a false proscenium arch to remind us how the characters’ lives are confined by theatre; Stephen Mear’s choreography, especially in the elbow-jutting Together Wherever We Go, pays hymn to the showbiz past; and Nicholas Skilbeck’s pit band has a magnificent, brassy ring. We go to modern musicals seeking sensory stimulus.' The Guardian

★★★★★ 'Lara Pulver is stunning both as the love-starved tomboy and the sleek seductress.Kevin Whately offers lovely support as the strung-along, long-suffering manager, Herbie.' The Independent

★★★★★ 'Stephen Mear’s choreography is as witty as ever, expressing all the nuances: the half-baked performances of Mama Rose’s touring troupe, the cheerfully hopeless family ensembles with good old Herbie, and – when Lara Pulver’s gentle undervalued Louise emerges as Gypsy Rose Lee – her gradual transformation from terror to extravagantly brittle flamboyance. Pulver carries it brilliantly. Kevin Whately deploys his gift for intelligent rueful likeability as Herbie.' Theatrecat

★★★★★ 'Superlative' The Stage

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