sunset boulevardSix-time Academy Award nominee and winner of three Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award, Glenn Close will make her West End debut as faded silent movie star Norma Desmond, reprising the celebrated role she originated on Broadway, starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum, for a strictly limited five week season 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.

This semi-staged production will be directed by Lonny Price (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), with choreography by Stephen Mear alongside the full English National Opera orchestra. Joining Glenn Close are Michael Xavier as Joe Gillis with Fred Johanson as Max von Mayerling with Siobhan Dillon as script editor Betty Schaefer. with Julian Forsyth as Cecil B DeMille, Mark Goldthorp as Sheldrake, Fenton Gray as Manfred, Haydn Oakley as Artie Green and James Paterson as Jonesy.Anna Woodside as Hedda Hopper and Emily Bull as Hedy .

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

Further company members include Carly Anderson, Jacob Chapman, Katie Kerr, Aaron Lee Lambert, Vicki Lee Taylor, Jo Morris, Ashley Robinson, Gary Tushaw and Adam Vaughan. 

Ria Jones, who created the role of Norma Desmond in the original Sunset Boulevard workshop, also features in the cast as Close's standby. 

Based on Billy Wilder's classic film, with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, Sunset Boulevard originally premiered in London at the Adelphi Theatre in 1993, where it ran for almost four years and played to nearly two million people. It went on to open on Broadway in 1994 to what was then, the biggest advance in Broadway history, $37.5million. The production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book, and Best Actress for Glenn Close


show timesMonday-Saturday 19:30: Matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 14:30 Running time 2 hours (including an interval)


38 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES

london coliseum


Tube :Charing Cross - 0.2 miles Northern Line Leicester Square - 0.2 miles Northern & Piccadilly Lines Covent Garden - 0.3 miles
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Enhanced sound system via headphones from information desk in the foyer.
One guide dog per performance
Two wheelchair spaces in the stalls, two wheelchair spaces in the dress circle and four wheelchair space in the stalls boxes  Transfer seats for those who are able to transfer out of their wheelchairs, comprising four in the dress circle and six in the balcony
Adapted unisex toilets on four out of five levels of the London Coliseum: basement, stalls, dress circle and balcony