Extra! extra! Hey, look at the headline, this show is one that is not to be missed!

When I heard that the Chichester Festival Theatre Production of Gypsy The Musical, was transferring to the West End, I didn’t really think much of the news. I had heard from a few people that the musical was very good, the storyline was intriguing and original. What grabbed my attention was the inspiring Imelda Staunton was performing as Momma Rose, and I immediately knew I had to see this show.

The musical tells the story of Momma Rose (Stauton) and her two daughters June(Gemma Sutton) and Louise (Lara Pulver), travelling  and performing around the states at various small shows. Themes that follow love, commitment, money, but above all, Family.

GYPSY by Sondheim,         , Music - Stephen Sondheim, based on book by Arthur Laurents, Director - Jonathan Kent, Choreography - Stephen Mear, Designer - Anthony Ward, Lighting - Mark Henderson,  Chichester Festival Theatre, 2014, Credit: Johan Persson/

The overture did seem to take it’s time. One of the longest overtures I have sat through. My personal favourite songs were “All I Need Is The Girl.” and “Rose’s Turn.” As an audience member, you picked the lyrics up and started humming along with the performers. A feel good show!

I have to raise the Resident Production Team, for giving the show exactly what it needed. Everything from the set design, to the lighting design, to the costume, was perfectly executed.The transitions when changing sets gave the overall feel of travellers, as they travelled up and down stage, into the light and out of sight. The glitz and glamour were all on point as well as the historical reference. My personal favourite moments were the videos designs by Ian William Galloway, and the subtle but clever transition of the children becoming adults. Perfection!


The children were just as fantastic as the adults. Such an inspiring show to see, and a perfect location. The glamorous Savoy Hotel really added to the storyline, and production of Gyspy.

The musical left me with an adrenaline rush, goosebumps on my face, and my heart left with pure joy. It’s one of my favourite musicals, and whatever your interests are: Set design, Costume, lighting, or even just a night out to the theatre, this show is the show to see. Brilliant!