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London Gets Ready For Its Close-Up With Sunset Boulevard

Wednesday, 30th Sep 2015  

The West End is buzzing with excitement as tickets officially went on sale yesterday for Sunset Boulevard, with three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close reprising her performance in the starring role as Norma Desmond.

With only a limited 43 performances announced, tickets have been snapped up quickly by theatre goers desperate to catch a glimpse of Close in the iconic musical when it opens at the English National Opera in April next year. Whilst it has not yet been confirmed who will be joining her on stage, we do know that Lonny Price will be directing the semi-staged production, which will also feature the full ENO orchestra.

Sunset Boulevard first opened in London in 1993 at the Adelphi Theatre, however UK audiences have not yet to see the actress take on the starring role – until now.

The Story

Based on the 1950s film by the same name, the musical follows the journey of struggling silent film star Norma Desmond living in a rundown mansion on Sunset Boulevard. After an accidental encounter with screenwriter Joe Gillis, Norma seizes the opportunity for a silver screen comeback. But will it really be that simple?

The Songs

Featuring a Tony Award-winning score by the master of musicals Andrew Lloyd Webber, audiences can look forward to hearing all the classics including ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye. ‘With One Look’ and of course ‘Sunset Boulevard’.

The Star

More than 20 years have gone by since Glenn Close first played Norma Desmond in the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard. Although this will be a West End debut for Close, she is no stranger to the London stage. In 2002 she took on the role of Blanche Dubois in the critically acclaimed A Streetcar Named Desire at the National Theatre.

The actress has also starred in The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden, both of which earned her recognition at the Tony Awards. Her more recent role however was in the revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance which opened on Broadway last year.

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