London Glenn Close takes her opening-night bow at English National Opera's London Coliseum.
Glenn Close takes her opening-night bow at English National Opera's London Coliseum.
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A semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard opened yesterday at the English National Opera's London Coliseum, with Glenn Close reprising her Tony-winning performance as Norma Desmond. The production, which is directed by Lonny Price, will run a strictly limited 43 performances through May 7.

Glenn Close, who won a 1995 Tony for playing the role of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, poses with the composer.
Glenn Close, who won a 1995 Tony for playing the role of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, poses with the composer.
(© Dan Wooller)

The musical features a Tony Award-winning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a Tony Award-winning book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. Based on the classic 1950 film of the same title, Sunset Boulevard follows Desmond, a washed-up silent film star, who lives in a dilapidated mansion on Sunset Boulevard. When she encounters a young screenwriter named Joe Gillis, she sees him as her opportunity to make a comeback to the silver screen. Close originated the role of Norma Desmond on Broadway in 1994.

London Fred Johanson (Max Von Mayerling), Glenn Close (Norma Desmond), Michael Xavier (Joe Gillis), and Siobhan Dillon (Betty Shaefer) backstage following the opening night of Sunset Boulevard.
London Fred Johanson (Max Von Mayerling), Glenn Close (Norma Desmond), Michael Xavier (Joe Gillis), and Siobhan Dillon (Betty Shaefer) posed for photos backstage following the opening night of Sunset Boulevard.
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In addition to Close, the cast features Michael Xavier (Joe Gillis), Siobhan Dillon (Betty Shaefer) and Fred Johanson (Max Von Mayerling), Anna Woodside (Hedda Hopper), Emily Bull (Hedy Lamarr), Julian Forsyth (Cecil B. DeMille), Mark Goldthorp (Sheldrake), Fenton Gray (Manfred), Haydn Oakley (Artie Green), and James Paterson (Jonesy). The company also includes 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.

Andrew Lloyd Webber greets his cast backstage.
Andrew Lloyd Webber greets his cast backstage.
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Sunset Boulevard is the second production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company.

Glenn Close as Norma Desmond with Michael Xavier as Joe Gillis.
Glenn Close as Norma Desmond with Michael Xavier as Joe Gillis.
(© Dan Wooller)

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