The UK and Ireland tour of the Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and directed by Nikolai Foster, will open at Curve on 16 September 2017 (press night is 28 September) before touring the UK and Ireland.
Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning show is based on Billy Wilder’s film, accompanied by Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s book and lyrics. The popular score includes the title number, ‘With One Look’, ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’, ‘The Greatest Star of All’ and ‘The Perfect Year’.
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.
Jones 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. Her touring credits include Alex in The Witches of Eastwick, Mrs Overall in Acorn Antiques – The Musical, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Director Nikolai Foster is artistic director at Curve, one of the UK’s leading regional theatres. His work at Curve includes Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing and Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s, both on tour and in the West End; A Streetcar Named Desire and the musicals Grease and Legally Blonde. He directed the hugely successful recent production of Annie.
Following the run at Curve, the tour continues to the Edinburgh Playhouse (3-7 October); Newcastle Theatre Royal (9-14 October); Manchester Palace (23 October to 4 November); His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (6-11 November); Birmingham Hippodrome (13-18 November); Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (20-25 November); Milton Keynes Theatre (28 November to 2 December); Bristol Hippodrome (9 January 2018-13 January); Mayflower Southampton (16-20 January); New Victoria Theatre, Woking (22-27 January); Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (29 January-3 February) and Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (5-10 February).
The UK and Ireland tour of Sunset Boulevard is presented by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
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