Set across America in the 1920s, Arthur Laurents’ landmark musical documents the dying days of vaudeville and the birth of a shocking new form of entertainment – burlesque.
Rose, June and Louise are eking out a hard living in the dying days of vaudeville. Constantly on the road, always on the lookout for a way to fund their next meal – honestly or dishonestly – there’s nothing glamorous about their show business life. Rose will fight for her daughters’ success no matter what the cost, and both girls play along for as long as they can – until first one, then the other, reach breaking point and begin to question Rose’s real motives for their life on the stage.
Critically acclaimed and multiple-award winning, Gypsy is the ultimate mother-daughter story – a gripping, funny and heartbreaking tale of the damage we do to those we love. Rose’s own frustrated dreams of stardom are ploughed into her children; her own childhood wounds push her to glorify and smother her daughters in turn, and eventually to drive them both away.
Richard Carroll directs, with Blazey Best starring as Rose. Laura Bunting features as Louise, Sophie Wright is June, and Anthony Harkin returns to the Hayes to perform the role of Herbie.
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