Sunset Boulevard is at the Marlowe Theatre

Lloyd-Webber masterpiece Sunset Boulevard coming to the Marlowe

Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s masterpiece Sunset Boulevard will be performed at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre next month.

Starring West End favourite Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and Strictly Come Dancing’s Danny Mac as Joe Gillis, the show earned a rapturous reception when it played the London Coliseum.

Sunset Boulevard is a story of romance and obsession based on Billy Wilder’s film.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world.

Impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her world.

A scene from the Lloyd-Webber musical

Persuaded to work on a film script she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style.

Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences.

With its much-loved score (including Sunset Boulevard, With One Look, The Greatest Star Of All and The Perfect Year) performed with full orchestra, this “majestic, mesmerizing and teasingly seductive” production promises to be a spectacular evening.

After one performance in London, the audience gave Jones a six-minute standing ovation.

Jones, who comes from Swansea and has been performing on stage since she was 10, admits she is huge fan of Lord Lloyd-Webber’s work.

“I love his music because he writes the most memorable melodies, dramatically they are so strong and for someone with my kind of voice – what they call a belt voice – nobody writes in a better style,” she said.

Sunset Boulevard runs from Monday April, 16 to Saturday April 21 every night plus a matinee show on the Saturday.

Tickets cost between £13.25 and £51.25. Call the box office on 01227 787787 for more information.

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