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Glenn Close to star in West End production of Sunset Boulevard

Published 22/09/2015

Glenn Close has won acclaim for her role in the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard
Glenn Close has won acclaim for her role in the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard

Hollywood star Glenn Close is set to star as Norma Desmond in a West End production of Sunset Boulevard.

A partnership between the English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the stage production will be based on the original film by Billy Wilder.

American director Lonny Price will be at the helm of the 43 performance show, which will run at the ENO's London Coliseum. It is set to start in April 2016.

Close has previously played the role to critical acclaim, having won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a Dramalogue Award for the Broadway production of the musical.

Lloyd Webber said: "I am thrilled that London audiences will at last get a chance to see Glenn's performance in the role of Norma Desmond which was so hugely acclaimed in the USA."

The ENO's chief executive officer, Cressida Pollock, said: "We at English National Opera believe that the combination of multiple award-winning Glenn Close, making her West End stage debut, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Sunset Boulevard, will once again pack the London Coliseum with ENO regulars and new audiences for us.

"We are all looking forward to working on this next thrilling production with the GradeLinnit Company, the team that delivered this year's hugely successful run of Sweeney Todd."

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