NVAP Musical Matinee: Gypsy

Join us for a screening from the National Video Archive of Performance

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Hochhauser Auditorium, Learning Centre for Arts

  • Free event

NVAP Musical Matinee: Gypsy photo

Gypsy tells the story of Mama Rose, a fiercely determined stage mother who will stop at nothing to make her two daughters stars, exploring the joys and sacrifices of show business and the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters. The music is by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents. This production was directed by Jonathan Kent at the Savoy Theatre, London, and recorded live by the V&A in August 2015.

This screening will be 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 10-minute interval. Please note, NVAP's are subject to last minute changes.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to view and learn about significant British productions and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would be lost. When V&A East opens in 2024 all the recordings will be available for the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Header image: NVAP still from Gypsy, 2015 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London