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Pick Me Up: Gypsy


Grand Opera House, York

Curtain up, light the lights … Gypsy, one of the greatest of all  Broadway musicals, returns to York for the first time in 25 years in a new production by Pick Me Up Theatre.

The show tells the story of Momma Rose, her two daughters June and Louise, and the struggle to make a living on the 1930s Vaudeville circuit.

It’s loosely based on the memoirs of the celebrated striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and focuses on her fearsomely driven mother Rose – the archetypal “Stage Mother”.

The songs in the show have become standards of the musical theatre canon – including Let Me Entertain You, Rose’s Turn, Together (Wherever We Go), Gotta Get a Gimmick and the show-stopping Everything’s Coming Up Roses.

With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy was a smash-hit when it first appeared on Broadway in 1959 – and the recent London revival won four Olivier Awards including best actress in a musical for Imelda Staunton as Rose. 

Susannah Baines – Mrs Lovett in Pick Me Up’s acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd – plays Rose in Robert Readman’s production at York's Grand Opera House.

28 June-1 July 2017

Music by

Jule Styne

Lyrics by

Stephen Sondheim

Book by 

Arthur Laurents

Directed by 

Robert Readman

Musical Director

Ben Papworth


Susannah Baines


Maren Fagerås Nævdal

Dainty June

Maya Tether

Nick Lewis

Matthew Clarke

Baby June
Allyssia Hanley

Young Louise
Flossie Attwood

Tessie Tura
Katie Melia

Alexa Chaplin

Hayley Bamford


Andrew Roberts


James McShane


Jason Revell


Alexandra Mather – Agnes

Rachel Dennison – Marjorie May

Ellie Hodgson – Dolores

Gemma Keane

Amelia Kite

Alexis Jagger



Sam Richardson

Sam Piercy

Oliver Lawery

Flynn Malam

Archie Millgate

Charlie Stevens

Alex Edmondson

Harry Chacks

Jack Hambleton

Zac Stewart

Henry Hudson



Maya Tether (Princess Badroubadour in Disenchanted) is Dainty June, Maren Fagerås Nævdal (Little Mermaid in Disenchanted)  is Louise, Nick Lewis (King Arthur in Spamalot and title role in Sweeney Todd) plays Herbie, and Matthew Clarke is Tulsa.

And the trio of Gotta Get A Gimmick showgirls are Katie Melia, Alexa Chaplin and Hayley Bamford, fresh from their success as the equally sassy princesses Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Pocahontas in the UK premiere of Disenchanted.

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