Friday, February 14

Gypsy Starring Imelda Staunton, Kevin Whateley and Lara Pulver?

The long awaited Chichester Festival production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton as Rose directed by Jonathan Kent will run for a limited season from early October.

According to today's Mail Kevin Whately is in final talks to play agent Herbie Sommers (played by Karl Malden in the film) who is pushed around by Rose. It would be a coup if Whateley signs as he hasn't appeared in theatre for some time concentrating on a television career (Morse, Lewis, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Peak Practice), but before he became an actor he was a folk singer and still plays guitar at charity concerts.

Lara Pulver (Parade at Donmar, Spook and Sherlock) is also in discussion about playing Louise Hovick who is the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

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