Award-winning Sunset Boulevard comes to Playhouse

ACCLAIMED: Ria Jones as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard
ACCLAIMED: Ria Jones as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard
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ONE of the all-time great musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning Sunset Boulevard comes to the Playhouse next week.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, played by Ria Jones lives in a fantasy world.

Whilst impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, played by Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac, who is 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.

Directed by Nikolai Foster, Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film.

Joining Jones, who won critical acclaim for understudying Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard last year, and ex-Hollyoaks’ star Mac will be Adam Pearce as Max Von Mayerling, Molly Lynch as Betty Schaefer, Dougie Carter as Artie Green and Carl Sanderson as Cecil B DeMille.

Last year, Jones played the role of ‘Norma Desmond’ at the London Coliseum when Glenn Close was indisposed, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations for her performance.

She has recently starred as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Her West End credits include Fantine in Les Misérables, Grizabella in Cats and Florence in Chess.

Mac, meanwhile, captured the nation’s hearts and received overwhelming support during his incredible time on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing making it all the way to the final.

He most recently starred as Gabey in On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. His other musical theatre credits include Wicked and Legally Blonde.

The company is completed by Bernadette Bangura, Matthew Barrow, Benjamin Chambers, Joanna Goodwin, Kristoffer Hellström, Iain Mattley, James Meunier, Gemma Naylor, Fiona O’Carroll, Joanna O’Hare, Jessica Paul, Sam Peggs, Tom Vincent and Barney Wilkinson

Sunset Boulevard, Playhouse, Greenside Place, Tuesday 3 October-Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £18-£62.50, 0844-871 3014