Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of "talkies". Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to a tragic conclusion.
The lush score features such haunting classics as "With One Look", "The Greatest Star of All", "As if We Never Said Goodbye", "The Perfect Year", plus the emotionally charged title song "Sunset Boulevard".
The musical was first staged in London in 1994 in an iconic production starring Patti LuPone and Kevin Anderson, before opening in LA and Broadway with Glenn Close. The original production was famed for its extravagant sets as well as its backstage dramas. It became the hottest ticket of the year, if not the most talked about new musical of the decade.
Dress rehearsal photos by Helen Maybanks.
Geoids’ production at the Bridewell Theatre marked the London amateur premiere of this classic Andrew Lloyd Webber show.
- Norma Desmond: Susan Booth
- Joe Gillis: Michael Stacey
- Max von Mayerling: Patrick Harrison
- Betty Schaefer: Nikki Davison
- Artie Green: Russell Hughes
- Sheldrake: Alan Scobbie
- Cecil B. DeMille: Daniel Penfold
- Manfred: Ben Kelly
- Mark Bonington
- Trudi Camilleri
- Francesca Canty
- Ed Curry
- Laura Fox
- Will Howells
- Kathryn Hyde
- Julia Kleinsteuber
- Jaime Laity
- Hannah Parker Smith
- Judith Perkins
- Kate Vlietstra
- Sean Westwood
- Director: Dominic O'Hanlon
- Musical Director: Sarah Burrell
- Choreographer: Honor Roche
- Repetiteur: Lizzy Rosser
- Assistant Director: Amelia Sutherland
- Production Designer/Assistant Producer: John Winters
- Technical Director: Adrian Jeakins
- Lighting Designers: Chris Taylor & Graham Webb
- Set Designer & Scenic Artist: Roberta Volpe
- Master Carpenter: Justin Heister
- Sound Designer: Andy Bennett
- Props: Angela Hay
- Producer: Blake Klein