Theatre Review | Gypsy Preview

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Guest post by David Thomas

The Savoy Theatre was the first building in the world to be lit by electricity throughout.  Last night at the Savoy it felt like the whole of London was lit up by the high voltage performance and theatrical pyrotechnics of Imelda Staunton.

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She isn’t just a star, she is a Supernova: and every single member of the audience felt uniquely privileged to be basking in her glow.  You will not see many performances as good as hers in a million light years.

That said, ALL the cast were exceptional, from the young child performers to the timeless former Time Lord Peter Davidson (Doctor Who and All Creatures Great And Small) who was last at The Savoy starring in the hit musical Legally Blonde… but the highest praise I can give to the performance of Lara Pulver, in the role of Louise, is that it is right up there with that of Imelda Staunton’s in the later transformative scenes.  Best known for her TV roles in Sherlock and Spooks, Lara held the audience utterly spellbound last night and the memory of her final performance of Let Me Entertain You will be indelibly etched in our memories forever and a day.

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Even the dancing cow, beautifully choreographed by Stephen Mears, had us over the moon!

Gypsy has just extended its limited run at The Savoy (until late November) but tickets are already selling like hot-cakes on the back of 5 Star reviews and to-die-for word of mouth, so don’t leave it too long before you book your break.  You REALLY don’t want to miss this show. I have already booked to go back again next week!