Sunset Boulevard at London Coliseum tickets
Sunset Boulevard at London Coliseum tickets

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Overview

Glenn Close made her highly anticipated West End debut as the legendary Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard. In a production with the English National Opera, Close took to the stage of the London Coliseum with a full orchestra in a semi-staged performance of the role that earned her the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Sunset Boulevard is based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film, and follows the tumultuous relationship between bygone silent movie siren Norma Desmond and down-and-out script writer Joe Gillis. The delusional actress is convinced she is still a star and Joe does everything in his power to protect her from the truth. Lavished with gifts, money and love, Joe begins to find his situation suffocating and must do anything to escape regardless of the dramatic consequences.

Close stared as Norma Desmond, reprising her peerless Broadway performance from more than two decades ago. Best known for her roles on film in The Stepford Wives, 101 Dalmations and Fatal Attraction, Close is no stranger to the stage. With numerous performances on Broadway as well as a run at the National Theatre as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Close returned to recreate the magic from her 1995 performance of Sunset Boulevard.

Andrew Lloyd Webber hardly needs introducing, with such shows under his name as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Evita. Sunset Boulevard is one of his lesser performed musicals, but includes stunning songs such as ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’, ‘Every Movie’s a Circus’ and ‘With One Look’. Alright, Mr. Lloyd Webber, she’s ready for her Close up…

Recommended for

This opportunity to see Glenn Close supported by the orchestra of the English National Opera is a treat not to be missed – fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber and his other musicals will not want to miss this treat.

Age Recommendations: All ages

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Opened: 01 Apr 2016
Press night: 04 Apr 2016
Booking from: 04 May 2016
Booking until: 04 May 2016

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

95 Reviews Add review

It is a semi-staged production which was not quite clear for me prior going so the simple set design was a bit surprising. However... More

doritxuuu 158cm, 149 reviews, 4 helpful votes

It is a semi-staged production which was not quite clear for me prior going so the simple set design was a bit surprising. However, the cast delivered an incredible performance that is worth the money you paid for the ticket. All 3 leads - Glenn Close, Michael Xavier and Siobhan Dillon were excellent. Music is always a matter of taste but I personally adored the score and the energy of an almost full house Coliseum audience definitely contributed to a great night out as well.

doritxuuu 158cm, 149 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Sunset Boulevard is a woefully uneven show, one in want of a good dramaturg to fix the book. Joe's story outside the mansion is me... More

YankInLondon 5'5", 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Sunset Boulevard is a woefully uneven show, one in want of a good dramaturg to fix the book. Joe's story outside the mansion is meandering & uninteresting, though Michael Xavier does a commendable job with the thin material, with particularly strong vocals on the title song (complete with crowd-pleasing striptease). But the parts that actually work reach genius heights. Glenn Close, reprising the role of Norma Desmond she created on Broadway, is so compelling & magnetic she stops the show on 2 separate occasions to long, thunderous applause breaks. Her performance is worth the price of admission & sitting through the less brilliant bits when she's offstage.

YankInLondon 5'5", 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I really love this show and the fact that it is sung through. I love the music even if it is very repetitive. The performances by ... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I really love this show and the fact that it is sung through. I love the music even if it is very repetitive. The performances by all where amazing and I loved the use of catwalks and stairs to change scenes without the set ever really altering other than the occasional prop being brought in. A wonderful production with a very talented cast and crew.

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

As long as nobody tall is sitting in front of you this is an OK view for the price, £30 seats so we didn't complain. You can't se... More

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 578 helpful votes

As long as nobody tall is sitting in front of you this is an OK view for the price, £30 seats so we didn't complain. You can't see the very top of the stage but you can see the rest of it, you have to lean forward to see the orchestra pit. We were lucky in that nobody was sitting in front of us for Sunset Boulevard or I think I'd be weaving back and forth avoiding their head all night. Not much legroom at all and I'm only 5'5" so beware if you are tall. It was VERY warm up there, all the heat rises! OK for the money, the show was fab too!

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 578 helpful votes

This production was stunning - worth the ticket for the orchestra alone (50 piece!) Glenn Close was incredible as the lead role, a... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

This production was stunning - worth the ticket for the orchestra alone (50 piece!) Glenn Close was incredible as the lead role, as were the rest of the cast. Heralded as Theatrical Event of 2016 - and rightly so!

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Glenn Close's voice was not 100%, maybe because of her recent illness or because she was nearing the end of the run. I'd also see... More

gixer77 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Glenn Close's voice was not 100%, maybe because of her recent illness or because she was nearing the end of the run. I'd also seen this show with Ria Jones in the lead and she was phenomenal, but is 20 years younger than Close so of course will have a stronger voice. She had never sung with a 50 piece orchestra before and was flawless. I was glad to have seen both performances but Ria definitely won out.

gixer77 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Show was amazing and I am not a musical guy. Glenn Close was undoubtedly the star and the voice of the show. The rest of the actor... More

giokosmik 192cm, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Show was amazing and I am not a musical guy. Glenn Close was undoubtedly the star and the voice of the show. The rest of the actors were also very very good. The sound was crispy clear and loud but not overwhelming. I really enjoyed the show. Totally recommended.

giokosmik 192cm, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Show was amazing and I am not a musical guy. Glenn Close was undoubtedly the star and the voice of the show. The rest of the actor... More

giokosmik 192cm, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Show was amazing and I am not a musical guy. Glenn Close was undoubtedly the star and the voice of the show. The rest of the actors were also very very good. The sound was crispy clear and loud but not overwhelming. I really enjoyed the show. Totally recommended.

giokosmik 192cm, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The incredible talents of Glenn Close and Michael Xavier led a top notch in English National Opera's 'Sunset Boulevard'. Glenn sin... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The incredible talents of Glenn Close and Michael Xavier led a top notch in English National Opera's 'Sunset Boulevard'. Glenn singing 'As If We Never Said Goodbye' brought me to complete tears with its beauty. The music is so powerful that it demands a huge stage like London Coliseum, and it certainly delivered!!

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 2 helpful votes