Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum
London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Glenn Close makes her West End debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Sunset Boulevard.
Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession, based on Billy Wilder’s classic film, with celebrated book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.
Glenn Close, making her West End debut as well as her first reprisal of the role for UK audiences, plays faded silent movie star Norma Desmond, for which she has previously won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a Dramalogue Award for the Broadway production directed by Trevor Nunn.
With the lush melodies of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look and The Perfect Year) performed by ENO’s acclaimed orchestra, this semi-staged production promises to be a spectacular evening.
Lonny Price (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) returns to the London Coliseum to direct the strictly limited run of 43 performances from 1 April 2016 until 7 May 2016.
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.
Glenn Close (Norma Desmond) leads the cast alongside Michael Xavier (Joe Gillis), Siobhan Dillon (Betty Schaefer) and Fred Johanson (Max Von Mayerling).
Also starring in Sunset Boulevard is Julian Forsyth (Cecil B DeMille), Mark Goldthorp (Sheldrake), Fenton Gray (Manfred), Haydn Oakley (Artie Green), Anna Woodside (Hedda Hopper), Emily Bull (Hedy Lamarr) and James Paterson (Jonesy).
Further company members include Carly Anderson, Michelle Bishop, Jacob Chapman, Nadeem Crowe, Cornelia Farnsworth, Ria Jones, Katie Kerr, Aaron Lee Lambert, Matthew McKenna, Jo Morris, Tanya Robb, Ashley Robinson, Vicki Lee Taylor, Gary Tushaw, Adam Vaughan and Stuart Winter.
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, Sunset Boulevard is directed by Lonny Price.
Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber with choreography by Stephen Mear, set designs by James Noone, costume designs by Tracy Christensen, Glenn Close’s costumes designs by Anthony Powell, sound by Mick Potter and lighting by Mark Henderson. Musical Director is Michael Reed who also conducts.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is a glorious, thrill a minute – a triumph – Daily Telegraph
What a star. Glenn Close is mesmerising. Outstanding performances – The Times
Glenn Close’s West End debut is a triumph. Majestic, tormented and teasingly seductive. This is a mighty vehicle for a mesmerising star – Evening Standard
Glenn Close makes sure the sun once more rises on a glorious Sunset Boulevard – Daily Mail
A breath-taking performance from Glenn Close – The Guardian