Full casting has been revealed for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Directed by Nikolai Foster, the tour will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press night is Thursday 28 September).
Joining the previously announced Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and Danny Mac as Joe Gillis, will be Adam Pearce as Max Von Mayerling, Molly Lynch as Betty Schaefer (pictured left), Dougie Carter as Artie Green (pictured below) and Carl Sanderson as Cecil B DeMille.
The rest of the company includes: 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.
Last year, Ria 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.
Ria 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.
Most recently Danny Mac appeared on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, making it all the way to the final. He also 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.
Adam Pearce’s many West End credits include Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, as well as the original casts of Love Never Dies at the Adelphi, The Light Princess at the National Theatre and Urinetown at the St James Theatre. Pearce has also appeared in Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Sweeney Todd, all at the Adelphi.
Molly Lynch most recently appeared in English National Opera’s Carousel at the Coliseum, where she has also appeared in Sweeney Todd. Her other credits include Fiddler On the Roof at Grange Park Opera.
Dougie Carter recently played Jean-Michel in the national tour of La Cage Aux Folles. His West End theatre credits include Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre and Alice at St James Theatre.
Carl Sanderson’s many West End credits include Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Acorn Antiques – The Musical and Starlight Express. His other theatre credits include the national tours of My Fair Lady and Hairspray, as well as Guys and Dolls, The Music Man and The Pajama Game, all at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning Sunset Boulevard, based on Billy Wilder’s legendary film, has book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.
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, as well as 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); Swansea Grand Theatre (16-21 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); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (5-10 February); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (26 February-3 March); Regent Theatre, Ipswich (3-10 March); Theatre Royal, Plymouth (12-17 March); Marlow Theatre, Canterbury (16-21 April); Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (23-28 April); Hull New Theatre (30 April-5 May); and Theatre Royal, Nottingham (21-26 May).
The UK and Ireland tour of Sunset Boulevard is presented by Michael Harrison and David Ian.