Theater

PBS’ ‘Great Performances’ to Air Award Winning ‘Gypsy’ Revival Starring Imelda Staunton

Imelda Staunton in "Gypsy" (Photo: Johan Persson)

Exciting news for fans of British theater! PBS’s Great Performances will be broadcasting the recent revival production of classic American musical Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton for US audiences this Fall.

Gypsy tells the story of ambitious show business mother Rose, who treks across America with her daughters Baby June and Louise in search of success with their homespun vaudeville act. The show is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of famous burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee, and features lyrics by the great Stephen Sondheim and music by Jule Styne.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Hamlet’ as Part of National Theatre Live

Hi guys! I’m back from a two-week trip to the UK, which was wonderful, though now I feel a bit out of the loop as far as entertainment news goes…bear with me while I catch myself and the blog up!

Good news for everyone who isn’t planning a trip to London this Fall – you don’t have to miss out on seeing the biggest theatre ticket of the moment! Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is currently treading the boards in the West End, playing William Shakespeare’s most famous role in Hamlet.

The production is already something of a phenomenon in England – it pretty much instantly became the fastest selling ticket in London theater history and many fans have camped out for hours for the chance to secure one of a handful of coveted reduced-price day tickets. Cumberbatch’s performance has been met with largely positive reviews, and he leads a strong ensemble cast that includes Cirian Hinds as Claudius, Anastasia Hille as Gertrude, Sian Brooke as Ophelia, Jim Norton as Polonius and more.

First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Rehearsals for 'Hamlet'

After nearly a year of planning, excitement and record-breaking ticket sales, the time is almost upon us – Benedict Cumberbatch’s production of Hamlet is slated to open this August for a three-month run in London’s West End. And, with opening night nearing, rehearsals for the show are officially underway, and the first photos of the cast have been released.

You can see a full gallery at the Guardian’s website, which includes full details about the production’s various cast members, which include Cirian Hinds as Claudius, Jim Norton as Polonius, Sian Brooke as Ophelia, Anastasia Hill as Gertrude and lots more.

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