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, 177 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", 36 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, 5 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, 600 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, 83 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

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 actor... More

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