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Chichester Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton due in 'early October'

The production will reunite Staunton with ''Sweeney Todd'' director Jonathan Kent

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Imelda Staunton with her WhatsOnStage Award for Sweeney Todd
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The long-rumoured Chichester Festival revival of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton will run for a "limited season from early October", according to the Daily Mail.

The production, helmed by Jonathan Kent, who directed Staunton in the WhatsOnStage and Olivier Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, could also feature Kevin Whately as Herbie and Lara Pulver as Louise.

Gypsy, which features lyrics by Sondheim, music by Jule Styne and a book by Arthur Laurents, first opened on Broadway in 1959, and has received several major revivals, most recently at the Leicester Curve in 2012.

The Mail's Baz Bamigboye also reports that Sophie Thompson and Peter Polycarpou are "in negotiations" to star in an upcoming Chichester revival of Guys and Dolls.