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Sunset Boulevard – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Nikolai Foster Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book / Lyrics: Don Black / Christopher Hampton Reviewer: Helen Tope Evocative and darkly glamorous, Sunset Boulevard is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most unlikely hit. A fading beauty, hanging onto former glories; infatuation that sours into obsession and deceit. Sunset Boulevard is a musical set in a minor key, and every black note is ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Holly Spanner Even though the original Broadway production scooped seven of the 11 nominated Tony Awards, Sunset Boulevard somehow always seems underrated, overshadowed by other musicals. Given the scale and grandeur of this musical, it is fully deserving of attention in its own right. ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Curve, Leicester

A woman stands staring maniacally

Book & Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Andrew Lloyd Webber saw Billy Wilder’s 1951 film, Sunset Boulevard, in the early 1970s but it wasn’t until 1991 that a version of the musical version was performed at Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival with Ria Jones as Norma Desmond. It was not ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book and Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hamilton (based on the Billy Wilder film) Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Joan Phillips You certainly get a full dose of 1950s Hollywood glamour this week at Bristol Hippodrome. This year’s BLOC Production is Sunset Boulevard, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on the celebrated Billy Wilder film noir classic. Sunset ...

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The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer and Director: Elton Townend Jones Reviewer: Ray Taylor As you enter the auditorium the actress playing Marilyn Monroe is already in situ lying face down on a bed in a dressing gown, next to a telephone and clutching a bottle of tablets. The bedroom is in disarray strewn with artefacts of a life lived in the public glare, alongside ...

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