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Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard

Posted 10th April 2016


Reprising her Tony-Award winning role as Norma Desmond, Glenn Close has again won the praise of the critics in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Sunset Boulevard.

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.

With the lush melodies of this much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look and The Perfect Year) performed by ENO’s acclaimed orchestra, this semi-staged production, with book & lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton, promises to be a spectacular evening.

Glenn Close is joined by a company including Michael Xavier as Joe Gillis, Siobhan Dillon as Betty Shaefer and Fred Johanson as Max Von Mayerling.  Lonny Price (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) returns to the London Coliseum to direct this strictly limited run which must end 7 May.

★★★★★ Daily Telegraph
“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is a glorious, thrill a minute – a triumph”

★★★★★ The Times
“What a star. Glenn Close is mesmerising. Outstanding performances”

★★★★ Daily Mail
“The sun once more rises on a glorious Sunset Boulevard”

★★★★ The Guardian
“ A breathtaking performance from Glenn Close”

★★★★ Evening Standard
“A mighty vehicle for a mesmerising star”

Glen Close Sunset Boulevard London musical