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Sunset Boulevard at the Bridewell Theatre in London
A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard will be presented at the Bridewell Theatre off Fleet Street, central London, from 6 to 10 October 2015 by Geoids Musical Theatre.
The production will mark the London amateur premiere of the hit show, and will be the first production of the show since the revival at the Comedy Theatre in 2008.
Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, the musical is based on the iconic film of the same name by Billy Wilder. The stage production was first presented in London in 1994 in an iconic production starring Patti LuPone and Kevin Anderson, before opening in LA and Broadway with Glenn Close.
"Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of "talkies". Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to a tragic conclusion."
Lloyd Webber's score features the songs "With One Look", "The Greatest Star of All", "As if We Never Said Goodbye", "The Perfect Year", and the emotionally charged title song "Sunset Boulevard".
The cast for this new production includes Susan Booth (Norma Desmond), Michael Stacey (Joe Gillis), Patrick Harrison (Max von Mayerling), Nikki Davison (Betty Schaefer), Russell Hughes (Artie Green), Alan Scobbie (Sheldrake), Daniel Penfold (Cecil B. DeMille), Mark Bonington, Trudi Camilleri, Francesca Canty, Ed Curry, Laura Fox, Will Howells, Kathryn Hyde, Ben Kelly, Julia Kleinsteuber, Jaime Laity,Hannah Parker Smith, Judith Perkins, Kate Vlietstra and Sean Westwood.
The production is directed by Dom O’Hanlon with musical direction by Sarah Burrell and choreography by Honor Roche. It features set design by John Winters, technical direction by Adrian Jeakins, scenic artwork by Roberta Volpe, lighting design by Chris Taylor and Graham Webb, projection design by Clarisse O'Dell, sound design by Andy Bennett and costume supervision by Lemington Ridley and Yvonne Higgins.
Tickets for the production are now on sale.