Following a short but acclaimed run Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close as the dethroned queen of the stage closes tomorrow, Saturday at London’s Coliseum.
Based on Billy Wilder’s film of the same name the production is orchestrated by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Despite a slipped disc and cold, Close did not let your audience down, receiving standing ovations. I was perhaps not as enthralled as most of the audience, a packed house, on my visit. However, it is probable that they came to see the star rather than the production.
With the orchestra on stage in the background throughout the production the story tells of Hollywood in 1949 and the world of silent movies. Impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis, played by Michael Xavier, stumbles into the reclusive world of faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond. She sees an opportunity to make a comeback while at the same time he is seduced by her luxurious lifestyle.
Running time 2 hours 40 minutes. Tickets from £12.
London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4ES T. 020 7845 9300 www.eno.org