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Sunset Boulevard at Comedy from 4 Dec
The Watermill Theatre production of Sunset Boulevard, will transfer to the West End's Comedy Theatre, opening 15 Dec 2008, following previews from 4 Dec 2008 - booking to 18 April 2009.
The show has music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber, book & lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, based on the Billy Wilder film, musical arrangements by Sarah Travis.
It is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.
(Sunset Boulevard had its world premiere at London's Adelphi Theatre in 1993, where it ran to 1997)
This production, which opened at the Watermill Theatre, in West Berkshire in July this year, will once again feature Kathryn Evans as Norma Desmond, with Ben Goddard reprising his role as Joe Gillis. Dave Willetts joins the cast to play Max von Meyerling.
The cast also includes Laura Pitt-Pulford ( Betty Schaefer), Tomm Coles (Artie Green), and Craig Pinder (Cecil B De Mille).
The Watermill’s Artistic and Executive Director Hedda Beeby said: ‘This is the fourth transfer of a music theatre show produced by the Watermill and we are all very please about it. The show delighted everyone that saw it, with standing ovations a common sight. There were many, many people who couldn’t see the show here because of our limited seating capacity, this news means that they can now see it in the comfort of the West End’.
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 lifestyle. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.